Even Jamaica Kincaid Can’t Escape It: What Black Writers “Should” Write About

Her new novel just out, the acclaimed writer speaks her mind

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(Photo credit: Dana Liebelson of Mother Jones)

Caribbean novelist Jamaica Kincaid recently told The New York Times’ Felicia Lee that she was used to being misunderstood, deemed as “too angry”, her prose filled with “sentences too long”. One reviewer, she noted, accused her of “not dealing with race and class.” Her response:

“I think in my next novel I should say, ‘They’re black and they’ve been beaten.’ Something like that.”

Read the full profile here.

Kincaid’s novel “See Now Then”,  her first in ten years, came out on Tuesday.

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Bridgett M. Davis' latest novel, INTO THE GO-SLOW, will be published by Feminist Press in September '14. Bridgett is the Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College and a founding member of ringShout, a group dedicated to promoting ambitious black literature. As the Books Editor for Bold As Love, she curates Sundays @. . ., a monthly reading series for works in progress.

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