Out on 07 July 2022

Annie John

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07 July 2022
9781529077124
160 pages

Synopsis

An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived a peaceful and content life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful and influential presence, who sits at the very centre of the little girl’s existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother’s shadow.

When she turns twelve, however, Annie’s life changes, in ways that are often mysterious to her. She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she makes rebellious friends and frequently challenges authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a ‘young lady’, ceases to be the source of unconditional adoration and takes on the new and unfamiliar guise of adversary.

A haunting and tragicomic tale of the end of childhood, Annie John is told with Jamaica Kincaid’s trademark candour and complexity, and is a true coming-of-age classic.

So touching and familiar it could be happening to any of us . . . and that's exactly the book's strength, its wisdom, its truth

The New York Times Book Review

So neon-bright that the traditional story of a young girl's passage into adolescence takes on a shimmering strangeness

Los Angeles Times

An unaffectedly sumptuous, irresistible writer. . . thrilling