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By Jamaica Kincaid

In See Now Then, the intense and evocative new novel from Jamaica Kincaid―her first in ten years―a marriage is published in all its joys and agonies. This piercing exam of the manifold ways that the passing of time operates at the human awareness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each one of her characters―a mom, a father, and their childrens, dwelling in a small village in New England―as they flow, of their personal minds, among the current, the previous, and the longer term: for, as she writes, "the current could be now then and the prior is now then and the long run could be a now then." Her characters, limited by means of the area, melancholy of their household occasions. yet their minds wander, attempting to make linear experience of what's, actually, nonlinear. See Now Then is Kincaid's try and clarify what's uncertain, and to make uncertain what we assumed was once transparent: that's, the start, the center, and the end.
because the book of her first short-story assortment, At the ground of the River, which was once nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Kincaid has tested a distinct expertise for seeing past and during the skin of items. In See Now Then, she envelops the reader in a global that's either universal and startling―creating her so much emotionally and thematically bold paintings yet.

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A minimum of it’s now not expensive: gardening is dear; the terrace and wall expense 40 thousand funds; a duplicate of a cottage at Yaddo wouldn’t price that a lot and terrible Mr. candy might use any such cottage, for he composed his compositions in a room above the storage and from there he might pay attention the spinning of the showering computing device after which the pointy whir of the garments dryer, and doorways banging close, now not in anger yet thoughtlessness, and the screams of the kids from ache or excitement, and that whinge making a song, “Where Did Our Love Go,” and that observe “love” shouldn’t be allowed to move her lips, for she understands not anything approximately it, that candy mystery of feeling, that worthy factor, that second during which your center meets the guts that enhances its personal actual self, that colliding of emotions among you and one other that emanate from deep inside you, deep inside of your middle, your abdominal, your bowels, your loins, simply among you and one other, so unforeseen, so robust that it explanations the furnace of the home within which i've been residing with an ignorant whinge to blow up, after which love soothes with nocturnes for pianos performed through 4 fingers, gala's, and classes in ballroom dancing too. And all these suggestions flowed out from Mr. candy, unknown to his spouse, as she sat in that unknowingness, that house invisible to the bare eye, and attempted to tackle how she got here to be herself, and unraveling numerous elements of the garment that have been her personal existence: the hem of this garment had turn into undone, it dragged at the flooring and it had develop into soiled and every now and then it made her journey over her personal self and stumble and he or she fell down and scraped her knees and bruised her brow and her elbows too, the hem has to be mended, suggestion bad Mrs. candy, the hem should be made safer, for the elbows and knees and brow, those have been simply the elements that have been seen, all of the elements of her that the unraveling garment brought on to be bruised couldn't be noticeable, no longer even by way of her, in simple terms felt occasionally whilst the salt of her tears dried of their shallow crevices. Oh mother, oh mother, Mrs. candy heard these phrases, although to the individual from whose being they got here they weren't phrases in any respect, they have been existence itself, and that individual used to be the gorgeous Persephone and that individual used to be the younger Heracles, and in these phrases, oh mother, oh mother, she may possibly see and picture herself as their mom and their protector and their navigator in an international within which the circumference was once recognized: the youngsters have been calling out to their mom yet Mrs. candy so cherished to stay in her garment: the shroud of her earlier, her youth, her existence earlier than that, her lifestyles because it used to be interred in all of the humans she was once descended and ascended from; her personal existence correct then, immediately, so candy to her, each one second of her daily lifestyles so jam-packed with delight: her teenagers who have been to be woken up from sleep early within the morning to be wearing outfits she had warmed up within the dryer, for they hated to place on chilly outfits, and fed a breakfast of waffles, the batter made the evening earlier than and positioned within the fridge, and on most sensible of the waffles she poured maple syrup she had bought from a guy who lived on a farm at the highway to Shaftsbury, a village that lay to the west of Lake Paran, and ahead of pouring it at the waffles she warmed it up within the microwave oven; she made a hearth within the fire and so they sat prior to it, a display put among them and the flames themselves to guard the kids from the new flying embers; she bundled them into the automobile, a grey automobile of 1 make or one other, no longer too dear, a fabricated from a few nation, now not this one, drove them to the bus cease the place they boarded the yellow tuition bus, entrusting them to a bus driving force who can be in a nasty temper or now not, all of it trusted the habit of the opposite kids who had boarded at the many stops earlier than.

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