Jamaica Kincaid's brother Drew died of AIDS on January 19,1996, at the age of 33. The youngest of four children, highly intelligent, well read, and a gifted athlete, he had been involved in a murder at he age of 14, lived as a Rastafarian, and was immersed in the drug culture. Kincaid's poetic and often shockingly frank account of Devon's life is also the story of their family on the island of Antigua. Her chronicle of a life ended too early, speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families. 4 cassettes.
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Compassion only occasionally lightens the grim tone of Jamaica Kincaid's searing account of her younger brother Devon's 1996 death from AIDS. As in novels such as Annie John, Kincaid is ruthlessly honest about her ambivalence toward the impoverished Caribbean nation from which she fled, her restrictive family, and the culture that imprisoned Devon. That honesty, which includes chilling detachment from her brother's suffering, is sometimes alienating. But art has its own justifications. The bitter clarity of Kincaid's prose and the tangled, undeniably human feelings it lucidly dissects are justification enough.About the Author:
Jamaica Kincaid's books include At the Bottom of the River, Annie John, A Small Place, Lucy, and The Autobiography of My Mother. She lives in Vermont.
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