Editorial Reviews: Review:
"This book is about Xuela--her voice and her pain. But it is also about that crucial division between the past and history, and about the rending obligation--which no writer of colony can be quite free of--to claim the first by subverting the second. Jamaica Kincaid is attempting to do just this through the voice of Xuela, and in that sense, Xuela's voice becomes the witness to that division."
Eavan Boland, Voice Literary Supplement, February 1996
"The desolate self-sufficiency of Xuela's life is sometimes shocking. It is never oppressive. Kincaid has given her a gleaming argument. Here, taken to an extreme, is a woman's retort to sexual, racial, and historical oppression on a West Indian island, and perhaps elsewhere. It is not that the argument necessarily convinces. Kincaid does not say that Xuela is right. She says that you will not forget her. And she is right."
Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 02/14/1996