Land of Love and Drowning

Land of Love and Drowning

By Tiphanie Yanique

Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594488337, 368pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2014

Description
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
Tihpanie Yanique is from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. An assistant professor at Drew University, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and St. Thomas with her partner, Moses Djeli.


NPR
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands. More at NPR.org

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