Generations of Women: In Their Own Words

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Chronicle Books, 1998 - Photography - 108 pages
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Through portraits and interviews, photographer Mariana Cook explores the unbreakable bonds that hold the women of a family together. She turns her camera to women of all backgrounds and perspectives - mothers and daughters of hardworking families, women who face adversity, women born into prosperity and opportunity, mavericks and feminists, famed poets and chefs, engineers, politicians, and schoolteachers. Spanning as many as five generations, they share their stories in their own words. At turns supportive, competitive, tumultuous, and funny, these women and their relationships are all the more compelling for their diversity.

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About the author (1998)

Jamaica Kincaid came to the United States in 1966 as a free-lance writer and is now on staff at the New Yorker. Her first volume of stories, At the Bottom of the River (1983), depicts men and women alienated from each other by conflict, physical separation, or death. The story "My Mother" vividly describes the painful separation between mother and daughter; and the stories in Annie John (1985) clearly reveal that the world of the past cannot be recaptured. Kincaid's poetic use of language and everyday images allows the reader to experience ordinary events with a new and heightened sensitivity. Kincaid is a relatively new writer whose works are beginning to receive critical attention.

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