Autobiography of My Mother was written by Antiguan-American Jamaica Kincaid, author of novels, short fiction, and essays. Kincaid's own life experiences living in poverty in Antigua as a child and her position in the world as a woman have been the basis of her novels.
Autobiography of My Mother is different than her other novels because of its style. Unlike her other books which are filled with poetic and flowery language, Autobiography of My Mother is written in a more direct style of prose. The book is pensive and reflective on the protagonist's own life, instead of her relationships.
It is also different than her other novels because of its subject matter. In most of her other books, Kincaid spins a story that depicts a rocky relationship between a mother and a daughter, mirroring her own relationship with her mother as she became less valuable upon the birth of her brothers. Kincaid decided to take a different approach with Autobiography of My Mother. The book actually begins by explianing the death of the protagonist's mother. This is a reflection on a period of Kincaid's life when she went into self-exile. At this time, Kincaid got a job in the United states and was expected to send the money back to her family in Antigua but didn't. She didn't even answer their letters. Instead, she focused on herself and on the life she wanted to build; this is precisely the phase in her life that is reflected in Autobiography of My Mother.