The Autobiography of My Mother

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January 17, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER Jamaica Kincaid (Plume/Penguin, $10.95, 1996)A beautifully written downer of a novel about a Caribbean girl whose mother died in childbirth. Now in a loveless marriage, Xuela Richardson is an uncensored misanthrope (her existential numbness was caused in part, Kincaid seems to suggest, by British colonialism). The prose is crystalline, but the protagonist is insufferable. B-

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