At the Bottom of the River (1984), Jamaica Kincaid’s first published book, is a slim collection of prose pieces, many of which developed out of contributions to The New Yorker. Difficult to classify in terms of genre, the texts collected in this volume are closer to prose poems than narrative prose and record states of consciousness rather than develop plots. At the Bottom of the River contains the seeds of much of Kincaid’s subsequent work, so that a reading of this text greatly adds to an understanding especially of the novels that immediately follow this collection: Annie John (1985), Lucy (1990), and The Autobiography of My Mother (1996).
Citation: Otto, Melanie. "At the Bottom of the River". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2012 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=32319, accessed 31 March 2020.]