The Letter from Home

by April 20, 1981

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The narrator describes a period in her life in one long sentence. She milked the cows, fed the children, brewed the tea, etc. She went to the country, the car broke down, she walked back. She spent some time alone and she questioned herself, and finally, in a kind of a dream, she saw a man in a shroud. She was in a rowboat. He beckoned her to Come Now; she rowed away, as if she didn't know what she was doing.

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Jamaica Kincaid, Fiction, “The Letter from Home,” The New Yorker, April 20, 1981, p. 33

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