My Brother

Finalist, National Book Awards 1997 for Nonfiction

My Brother by Jamiaca kincaid book cover
ISBN 978-0374525620
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Jamaica Kincaid

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Jamaica Kincaid’s brother Devon Drew died of AIDS on January 19, 1996, at the age of thirty-three. Kincaid’s incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother’s life and death is also a story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer’s mother. My Brother is an unblinking record of a life that ended too early, and it speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families.