novelist and short‐story writer, born Elaine Potter Richardson in Antigua. Her first work, At the Bottom of the River (1983), was a volume of short stories based on childhood in the Caribbean. Her novels include Annie John (1985), which explores the fierce vicissitudes of a daughter's love for her mother and her homeland; Lucy (1990), about a girl leaving Antigua for America; and The Autobiography of my Mother (1995), a first‐person narrative in which a woman looks back on her troubled life. A Small Place (1988) describes Antigua. She worked as a staff writer for the New Yorker (1976–95).