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 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. 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.
©2014 Tiphanie Yanique (P)2014 Recorded Books
I loved listening to this novel with the various voices
Annette, she truly found her soulmate.
Great voice quality and patois
Eonna to hear more of the family's secrets.
Great book. It ignited a fire and family memories in me to further explore my Jamaican roots.
loved this book. great story, great imagination and great characters. need more carribbean stories like this one.
Budget Fashionista in the making
I very much enjoyed this book. I the narration and cadence was very very good. The only improvement would have been to use Virgin Islands accents. I am from St. Croix. My mother from St. Thomas and the narrators were certainly not from those places. Also some of the words were mispronounced, like St. Johnian. But still an excellent book.
Incestuous romance disguised as historical fiction. Another publisher who has taken my hard earned funds, forced me to try to salvage something in continuing to listen to a so-so narrator. An annoying story with emphasis on beauty and cunning in lieu of facts woven into an authentic saga concerning how the US obtained the Virginia islands. Do not waste your time or money.
AMAZING Writing ,amazing story line ,amazing characters totally amazing narrators! Ms. Yanique is one of the best writers I've never had the pleasure of encountering! This is a book that causes you to gasp out loud and say such phrases as OMG!!!!! I love this book I'm looking for more!!
The narration for the older sister and the "wise women" or third party wasn't clear and was rather pendantic. The voice of the younger sister was excellent. The story is good only if you view it as a panorama of the island and not of individuals.
It took me a long time, like 2/3s of the book, to finally be caught up in this story, but it turned out to be a good story. Unfortunately I had read a comparison of this book to those of Garcia Marquez, and that preset my expectations. While it isn't a Garcia Marquez-like novel, it is a good story with many generations and their histories and stories entwined. I liked the pace of the readers, their accents, and the history of the Virgin Islands.
There needed to be more story. It reads a bit like a memoir of fictional people whose lives, while interesting aren't terribly inspiring or interesting. The characters were odious (even the likable ones had their horrid moments), and I thought, well maybe the ending is worth it. Spoiler alert: it wasn't.
The author could have reduced the amount of revolting sex. I find rape and incest particularly difficult in an audiobook… in a print book, you can scan ahead to see where the rape or incest ends if you want… but that doesn't work for an audiobook in the same way.
Plus, the female characters all seemed to suffer extensively from their experiences, so much mores than the men, which may be historically accurate, but grew tiresome.
My main reaction is that this is just not a book to read when pregnant. There was too much incest, abusive treatment of children and fetusses, terrible treatment of spouses and loved ones. Its possible that being pregnant made me overly sensitive, but I just had a really hard time getting through the early sections where one character celebrated her ability to lose children. I felt a lot of loathing and disgust for a lot of the characters, and there just weren't many
Skip it. I can't fathom why this book received so much praise over the summer.
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