Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel by Tiphanie Yanique

By Tiphanie Yanique

A significant debut from an award-winning writer—an epic relatives saga set opposed to the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands.

In the early 1900s a massive send sinks into the Caribbean Sea, simply because the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned through the sunk vessel are sisters and their half-brother, now confronted with an doubtful id and destiny. each one of them is strangely appealing, and every is in ownership of a selected magic that might both sink or retailer them.

Chronicling 3 generations of an island relatives from 1916 to the Seventies, Land of affection and Drowning is a singular of affection and magic, set opposed to the emergence of Saint Thomas into the fashionable global. entirely distinctive, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, and the author's personal Caribbean kin historical past, the tale is instructed in a language and rhythm that inspires a complete global and lifestyle and love. Following the Bradshaw kinfolk via sixty years of fathers and daughters, moms and sons, amorous affairs, curses, magical presents, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs, Land of affection and Drowning is a beautiful, brilliant debut via a thrilling, prize-winning younger author.

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