"In "See Now Then" ... a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters--a mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England--as they ...
"In "See Now Then" ... a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters--a mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England--as they move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future for. Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear."--Provided by publisher.
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-03-25 Literary critics that have hailed Kincaid's fiction can add another accolade to the author's list: stellar audiobook narration. In this audio edition of her slender, long-awaited new novel, Kincaid is on secure footing as narrator, her lilting voice giving life to her prose. Her heroine is a writer who marries and has children with a self-centered musician who secretly dreams of killing her and decapitating their son, Heracles. The novel's abrupt shifts between past and present can be occasionally jarring for the print reader, as the nonlinear plot collapses current and decades-old events into an almost stream-of-consciousness story of family and betrayal. In the audiobook, the same material can easily be followed, and Kincaid's skill as a raconteur draws listeners into her story. An FSG hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-12-10 In her first novel in a decade, Kincaid (Autobiography of My Mother) brings her singular lyricism and beautifully recursive tendencies to the inner life of Mrs. Sweet, who is facing the end of her marriage, and who, over the course of the book, considers the distinctions between her nows and her thens, particularly when recounting what was while the memories bleed with a pain that still is. Particularly touching is Kincaid's rendering of motherhood. The immediacy of Mrs. Sweet's small son's toys-Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers-creates a significant foil to the ethereal interior echoes. Such is the reality of parenting: what is imagined or remembered loses every battle against plastic warriors and the demands of children. What's startling is the presumably autobiographical nature of the plot. The family lives in Bennington, Vt., like Kincaid, and Mr. Sweet is a composer who leaves his wife for a younger musician, as was the case with Kincaid's former husband. While evidence of fictionalization is obvious (naming the children after Greek myths), the book feels precariously balanced between meticulous language and raw emotion. The distinction between life and art is not always clear, but only a writer as deft as Kincaid can blur the lines so elegantly. Agent: The Wiley Agency.(Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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