Posted by: koolwine | September 28, 2010

Antigua & Barbuda: Annie John

She lies, steals, sneaks around and hates her mother – yes, Annie John has hit puberty.

Country Focus: Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua, which means “ancient” in Spanish, was named after an icon in Spain’s Seville Cathedral  (Santa Maria de la Antigua) by Christopher Columbus.

Annie John
Jamaica Kincaid
Originally published:
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1983.
My edition: Plume, 1985.
148  pgs.

Acclaim: “Best Book of 1985” – Library Journal

To make a long story short: Twelve-year-old Annie John’s adoration of her mother turns to hate after her mother pushes her away, saying that Annie John needs to start “becoming a young lady.”  Hurt and angry, Annie John spends her teenage years in continual defiance of her mother, suffers a year-long bout with depression and leaves her native Antigua for England.

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