Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua. A classic coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kincaid’s novel focuses on a universal, tragic, and often comic theme: the loss of childhood. Annie’s voice—urgent, demanding to be heard—is one that will not soon be forgotten by readers. An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived an idyllic life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful presence, who is the very center of the little girl’s existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother’s benign shadow. Looking back on her childhood, she reflects, “It was in such a paradise that I lived.” When she turns twelve, however, Annie’s life changes, in ways that are often mysterious to her. She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she instinctively rebels against authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a “young lady,” ceases to be the source of unconditional adoration and takes on the new and unfamiliar guise of adversary. At the end of her school years, Annie decides to leave Antigua and her family, but not without a measure of sorrow, especially for the mother she once knew and never ceases to mourn. “For I could not be sure,” she reflects, “whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world."

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The 703rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 57th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Annie John Paperback 1762780 $0.99 $0.01 1986
Annie John Paperback 4756763 $4.93 $0.01 1986
Annie John: A Novel Kindle Edition 92026 $8.25 1997
Annie John Hardcover 290513 $11.10 $0.01 1985
Annie John Hardcover 6533010 $0.01
Annie John Kincaid J Paperback 838554 $39.95 $0.79 1985
Annie John: A Novel Paperback 8899 $5.02 $0.01 1997
[ANNIE JOHN] BY Kincaid, Jamaica (Author) Farrar Straus Giroux (publisher) Paperback Unknown Binding 619300 $7.68 1997
Annie John. Paperback 4956911 $11.80 2001
Annie John: A Novel Paperback 693696 $6.00 $0.01 1997