Land of Love and Drowning

Tiphanie Yanique (Author)
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Description

A critically acclaimed debut from an award-winning writer--an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands.

In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each is in possession of a particular magic that will either sink or save them.

Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s, Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author's own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of Love and Drowning is a gorgeous, vibrant debut by an exciting, prizewinning young writer.

Product Details

Price: $16.00
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published Date: July 21, 2015
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 5.1 X 0.9 X 8.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781594633812
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About the Author

Tiphanie Yanique is from Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. The author of the story collection How to Escape from a Leper Colony, she is a 2010 Rona Jaffe Writers' Award winner and was named by the National Book Awards as one of 2011's "5 Under 35." She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and Saint Thomas.

Reviews

Praise for Land of Love and Drowning

"Yanique has written the best kind of summer read--lurid, yet layered and literary." --NPR

"A feat of tropical magical realism." --Vanity Fair

"Spellbinding." --Elle

"Sink or swim is the guiding theme in this fantastical, generational novel."--Marie Claire

"Lush." --USA Today