Writing Injustice Book Discussion: Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 7:00 pm

Event Details

Through literature, film, and other media, the Writing Injustice Book Group invites the Guilford community to explore the issues of race and inequality that shape our history and our world. 

Conversations will be led and facilitated by Hazel V. Carby, the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Yale University, and Donna Daniels, Ph.D., Vice President, Heron Foundation and Cultural Anthropologist.

Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid is a celebrated and prize-winning Antiguan-American novelist and essayist.

Published in 1990, Lucy opens with the arrival in North America of a young woman on a quest for independence. In rebellion against the oppressive atmosphere of both her family and the colonial British West Indies, the novel draws upon Kincaid’s experiences of working as an au pair for a wealthy white family. Constantly confronting memories, Lucy finds it is not so easy to leave her past behind. As described by the New York Times, Lucy “dwells in the psychological space between leaving and arriving.” Kincaid teaches at Harvard and lives in Vermont.

Copies of Lucy will be available to checkout at the Reference desk.

These programs are free and open to all. Please register online, by phone, or in person at the reference desk.