10 Questions for Jamaica Kincaid

Award-winning novelist Jamaica Kincaid on race, eating in bed and the stupid things that spouses say

Ramona Rosales for TIME

Your new book, See Now Then , features a Caribbean writer whose husband is a composer and who lives in the Northeast with two kids. Sounds like you. How autobiographical is it?
A lot of events in the book would seem to parallel my own life. But I wasn't thinking of myself. My own self, my own everyday life, is sort of very untidy and smelly and kind of revolting on close inspection--or maybe not even on that close inspection.

What do you mean, untidy and smelly? Literally?
I like to be in my pajamas all...

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