Land of Love and Drowning
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Recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award
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, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule, and an important ship sinks into the Caribbean Sea. Orphaned by the shipwreck 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. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love. Following the Bradshaw family through sixty 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, prizewinning young writer.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Family Attorney/ Author
Love the transportation to the Caribbean; the historical fiction aspect caught up w America and race issues; the characters who I feel like I know and want to hear more about even as the book was ending; the symbolism in the words drown and drowning - physically, emotionally, the power of the sea ; the spiritual and mysticism of cultures, women and life and finally the use of literary devices taking the reader to the future and the past sometimes at the same time.