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Publisher's Summary

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

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Gorgeous

A beautiful story masterfully told & performed. Feels like air blowing off the ocean. Wonderful break from the everyday grind.

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The Girl Done Good

What made the experience of listening to Land of Love and Drowning the most enjoyable?

I loved listening to this novel with the various voices

Who was your favorite character and why?

Annette, she truly found her soulmate.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Great voice quality and patois

If you could take any character from Land of Love and Drowning out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Eonna to hear more of the family's secrets.

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Great book. It ignited a fire and family memories in me to further explore my Jamaican roots.

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TW: incest

This is a beautifully written book, truly lovely language. Trigger warning: this novel is full of many types and layers of incest, which will naturally be very disturbing and/or triggering for some of us.

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False advertising

This story sounded romantic and beautiful based on the description. Instead it’s stiff, and awkward. The story plot line includes descriptions of an incestuous parent child relationship that is icky. Nothing is beautiful about that. Be forwarned.

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loved this book. great read!!!

the story was powerful and moving. highly recommend. this was the first book I've read by the author but it won't be my last

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Let’s start by saying the performance were perfect! The voices took me back to the islands. I loved the rhythm of the writing. The Caribbean language and vibe was well done, authentic. I felt like I was there. Annett’s story was my favorite and I liked her ability to create a life for herself. She made hard decisions but did them for a better life. What I didn’t understand and was disturbed by was the author’s choice to make almost every male female relationship seedy and dirty. After the first relationship the others were overkill and took away from a good book. I also didn’t like that the author made the victim seem to be the one with power and the abuser the one who was tormented. Disturbing! The mother son relationship seemed to be the only non sexual pure relationships in the book.

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Magic and myth superb!

Enjoyed from beginning to end. Would *read" again, and again. The reclaiming of the beaches is glorious.

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Moving an enthralling story

Lovely performances and beautiful imagery makes this audio book a positively wonderful listen. Highly recommended!

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Not my cup of tea

While I did enjoy some parts of the book, I thought the story about the father-daughter relationship was a bit disturbing. This book was selected by my book club because it was on the "25 Books Every Woman Must Read" list - though I'm not sure why given some of the other awesome books on the list. I look forward to discussing the book with my book club, perhaps hearing their perspectives will have me re-evaluate my initial impression.

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Great Listen

I loved the poet style the author used. In addition she shows characters that have suffered great tragedies but have survived and even flourished. Eons and Annette are heroines in different ways.