Tiphanie Yanique's bold debut novel Land of Love and Drowning does for the Virgin Islands what Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude did for Colombia: it captures its spirit, delivers the soul of the place into being. Yanique's intimate storytelling comes from personal experience: she grew up on the islands and draws from her family history for some of the plot elements. Suffused with rich imagery, Land of Love and Drowning is a fantasy of character, place and history. Steeped in the rich tradition of Caribbean and South American storytelling, it is also a brilliant evocation of magical realism.
Yanique's novel spans the 20th century, telling both the story of three generations of the fated Bradshaw family as well as the saga of United States Virgin Islands history (see Beyond the Book). At the start of the novel, the Bradshaws are wealthy and ...
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