Antigua through the Eyes of Jamaica Kincaid

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Antiguan-American novelist Jamaica Kincaid has often made the island a centerpiece of her writing. New York Times travel editor Monica Drake recounts visiting Antigua alongside Kincaid’s words—an alternative to the dominant, colonialist narrative around the island:

The tension that we’d accumulated in our daily lives seemed to float into the distance. We could have stayed forever. Antigua can do that, Ms. Kincaid wrote. For all the drama of its history, she writes that the beauty of the place, the very thing that bewitches its tourists, renders it a time capsule to its residents.


Katie O'Brien is an English major at Cornell University, where she writes for kitsch magazine, DJs for a rock station, and complains about the cold. Find her on Twitter @abluekite. More from this author →