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Jamaica Kincaid

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"It was strange to have no self-- to be like a little boy left alone in a big house, who knew that now he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing that he wanted to do---."

This passage reminds me of the protagonist in Jamaica Kincaid's short story, "The Circling Hand"; the girl's about to leave her family to go to boarding school, and plots to create a new identity. Whether or not she succeeds is not clearly known, and the ambiguity is actually rather delicious. But Kincaid's story is concerned with the often rude shocks of growing apart from a beloved parent, a natural phenomena (not that knowing this lessens the pain at the time), whereas the above passage deals with real anomie.