“Courageous in its honesty and breadth of position and attitude, Wife is an investigation of story– the languages we use to tell stories and what those languages reveal about power, history, and tenderness.”ARACELIS GIRMAY
“Yanique’s surefooted, relaxed and adventurous poems are lively, thoughtful and thought-provoking.”VELMA POLLARD
“Yanique is a talented writer whose spellbinding language offers the reader an experience of transformation and song.”STACEY D’ERASMO,
“A magnificent story marvelously told.”CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS,
“Tiphanie Yanique’s tremendous talents and incredible storytelling will astound you and leave you breathless.”EDWIDGE DANTICAT,
“A marvel—epic and sweeping, yet intimate as a secret.”TAYARI JONES,
“Yanique explores the Virgin Islands, her own homeland, with wit, color, and a touch Gabriel Garcia Marquez-flavored magical realism”BROOKLYN MAGAZINE
“Yanique succeeds in evoking the panorama of the Virgin Islands in a voice all her own.”MADISON SMARTT BELL
“This is one of the summer books which will carry you into a world so fascinating that you’ll feel that the world you live in can’t compare.”IMPRESSIVE MAGAZINE
“What a miracle this book is.”STACEY D’ERASMO,
“Yanique, a native of St. Thomas, creates a multifaceted world you won’t soon forget.”SARA BAGBY, WATERMARK
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 an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea, just as the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule. Orphaned by the sunk vessel are two sisters and their half brother, now faced with an uncertain identity and future. Each of them is unusually beautiful, and each 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 political emergence of St. Thomas into an American territory. Wholly unique, 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 evokes an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through 60 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, prize-winning young writer.