Teacher Guide

A Small Place Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Most of Jamaica Kincaid's books deal with the history and culture of Antigua and the Carribean diaspora. In Lucy, the title character is a young West Indian nanny in the United States. Annie John is about a girl coming of age in Antigua. After A Small Place, Kincaid wrote several novelistic memoirs about members of her family: Autobiography of My Mother (a fictionalized account of her mother's life), My Brother (about her brother who died of AIDS), and Mr. Potter (about her father). In each book, she uses repetition and deceptively simple and conversational language to portray an overarching theme: there is no cure for the disease of colonialism. Everyone suffers. A Small Place, is,...

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