Women, coming-of-age and secrets in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John

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The mysterious and unspoken secrets of life can be a source of fascination for young people. The bildungsroman quest for identity is often coupled with a protagonist’s attempts to decode a range of secrets. Jamaica Kincaid’s work of fiction, Annie John (1985), illustrates this journey. In this novel, the female protagonist’s maturity and character development become possible only through her persistent efforts to decode the secrets of life. This paper discusses how, in a series of adventures, those secrets are embedded into Annie’s story and how her coming-of-age mystery is ultimately resolved. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren's Literature in Education
Early online date30 Aug 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Aug 2021


Chang, H. (2021). Women, coming-of-age and secrets in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John. Children's Literature in Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10583-021-09461-w


  • Women
  • Coming-of-age
  • Secrets
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Annie John


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