The Book We’re Talking About: ‘Land of Love And Drowning’ By Tiphanie Yanique

Sounds like a great book of untold modern Caribbean tales. Bravo to the author Tiphanie Unique!

Repeating Islands


This review by Claire Fallon appeared in The Huffington Post.

Land of Love and Drowning
by Tiphanie Yanique
Riverhead Books, $27.95
Publishes July 10, 2014

The Book We’re Talking About is a weekly review combining plot description and analysis with fun tidbits about the book.

What we think:
One of the last sections of Tiphanie Yanique’s Land of Love and Drowning begins with an epigraph from Derek Walcott. She explains in her Author’s Note that it is his full response to the question “What makes Caribbean literature unique?” Walcott’s succinct reply: “It may seem so simple to say that it is sea. But it is the sea” — an apt epigraph for a Caribbean epic awash in sea and sand and island air.

The ocean laps through Yanique’s intergenerational epic, infusing it with a sense of magic only compounded by the magical realism elements. The story — roughly based on Yanique’s…

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