Land of Love and Drowning (Hardcover)

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I spent most of this book with my mouth agape. The story arcs over a few generations of a family from the Virgin Islands. It blends both folklore and the complications of modern life seamlessly, touching on subjects ranging from race and religion to love and family values. But what makes it truly special is how it illuminates a new perspective on such moments in history as World War II and the civil rights movement of the '60s. A beautiful and complicated book by a talented new voice. (Katelyn)

— From Katelyn


Recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal FoundationAward
A major 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 Garcia Marquez, 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, mothersand 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.

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."

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594488337
ISBN-10: 1594488339
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: July 10th, 2014
Pages: 368
Language: English