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Land of Love and Drowning
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel | Tiphanie Yanique
Recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal FoundationAwardA major debut from an award-winning writeran 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 Garca Mrquez, and the authors 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, mothersand 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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vlwelser
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I ended up liking this a lot. It's pretty slow paced though. It's historical fiction about the US Virgin Islands. And there's some incest which may not even be necessary to the story. I'm really selling this. I want to read the author's new book and this has been on my TBR forever.

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sheffner
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Bailedbailed

DNFed at 5%.
Welp, that didn‘t take long. This has been on my Goodreads TBR since June of 2014 and I wish I read the reviews beforehand. The synopsis I read in “Good Housekeeping” was nothing like this book. Aside from a really icky storyline, I just didn‘t connect with the writing or characters during the first few chapters. At least it‘s off my TBR!

This was my September #bookspin

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Always sad when a book you've been meaning to read just doesn't click! At least it's off the list!! 1y
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Eggbeater
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Panpan

I liked gaining more knowledge of USVI history, but I had to work to get through this book. The incest made the book difficult to read and it had no redeeming qualities. I didn't bond with any of the characters and I was bored with the plot. After I was finished, I just wanted a shower.

Juliana76 I'm struggling myself to read this book,I'm kind of hoping it'll turn out to be a good read but I doubt it..I've never bailed on a book before but this one is coming extremely close to that point,I'm not going to stop as yet,giving it another go...we'll see how it goes.. 1y
Eggbeater @Juliana76 It is totally okay to bail on a book in my opinion. Life is short and there are so many good books. I only stuck it out because it was recommended to me. Honestly, this book was just gross. 1y
Juliana76 Okay...I bailed.. 😔 1y
Juliana76 I tried but I just couldn't finish the book.. 1y
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sprainedbrain
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This book has sat on my tbr for years due to some VERY mixed reviews I‘ve seen. I finally read it for the #ReadingWomenChallenge Caribbean author prompt, and I was entranced the whole way through.

Yanique‘s writing is lovely, the story is magical and engrossing, and the Virgin Islands setting is so powerfully drawn, I could imagine I was there. The characters are messy but believable, and there are triggers here.

Excellent on audio.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jolynne I loved this book! I should read it again. 1y
Eyelit Great minds think alike! This is my pick for reading women challenge as well and I got the book from the library last week. Now I‘m really looking forward to it 😃 1y
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Centique
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#weeklyforecast

The last few library books I took out before it closed (but thank God for Libby there are plenty of ebooks if I look up back list titles 🤞🤞) Hope I can get a little bit lost inside these pages.

Cathythoughts I hope you can get lost in them too 😘 2y
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, you got the new Lily King 2y
Centique @Cinfhen that was a fluke right?! - especially as I don‘t normally read new releases. But the blurb really appealed to me. PS we go into a 4 week full lockdown tomorrow. 😳😳 Only groceries and pharmacy open and not to leave home except for necessities. I have to figure out the rules around going for a walk, I think it has to be solitary. 2y
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Cinfhen Sending love 💕 2y
Reggie Hope you‘re doing ok! And that your dad has enough to read! I got called by my boss on Sunday saying not to come in this week, then our governor shut us all down. I‘ve been playing a lot of cards with a family full of cheaters, been doing a lot of gaming, but no books. Hopefully these next few days I get back to it. Stay safe! 2y
Rissreads Stay strong! Enjoy the down time 😘 2y
Rissreads @Reggie I love playing card and board games. It sounds like fun in your house! Take care in these strange times 😊 2y
Centique @Reggie we‘re doing well thanks Reggie. I went a bit over enthusiastic with trying to keep the 9yo doing interesting non-screen time stuff, along with the extra cooking cleaning needed here and admin for my hubs business - so completely tuckered myself out. Need to have my own down time! But now I‘ve found a chat app where 9yo can talk to his gparents and play hangman, Pictionary with them - giving me a break. (He talks a LOT) 😂😂 2y
Centique @Reggie I‘m so glad you‘ve got family with you. I was worried you‘d be alone! Yes I‘m also concerned whether Dad has enough books! I hadn‘t figured out I wouldn‘t be allowed to drop off more or do his cleaning. It‘s a shame he never took to ebooks. Oh well if he needs some pharmacy stuff I might get a book in with that delivery. Kia kaha to you my friend 💕💕 2y
Centique @Rissreads thanks Nerissa. It‘s been crazy busy for us so far. Because my hub works in insurance he is on the phone all day. Some claiming, some applying for a break in paying, some putting it in place because they didn‘t have any. And I‘m doing some of the admin. With kids at home. BUT I have made a jar full of cool activities we can do with them and I am so fortunate I know. My kids say I love you Mum everyday. And no fights so far! 💕💕 2y
Centique @Rissreads massive hugs to you and yours 💕💕 I love that you are doing disco dancing! I asked the kids to join me for a dance session but so far no takers 😂😂 Dang it! Have to do it anyway! 2y
Rissreads @Centique we are not in lockdown here yet so everyone is still doing essential stuff. Reid my 16 yr old is still attending school but today is his last day. Lane is doing uni at home. Their Dad is a police detective so he is of course busy and our school is still open for essential worker parents. But I am grateful that we get wages. My heart is breaking for all the people in the world being affected by this physically, mentally and financially 😞 2y
Rissreads I‘m hoping my boys will play some games with me once we are stuck at home. I‘m sure a game of cricket inside will also be on the cards! We also have darts and table tennis. You definitely need to do some dancing, it‘s fantastic for your soul! Take care my friend xxx 2y
Centique @Rissreads indoor cricket sounds great! my son has been doing workouts with me in the garage which has been cool too 😊Best wishes to you and the family 💕 2y
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Cinfhen
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#MOvember #RescueMe 🎶I‘m drowning, Baby throw out your rope🎶 I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this book so I‘m thinking #BorrowNotBuy ~ anyone read this book?? Thoughts

Cathythoughts I havnt read tagged book ... but it sounds really good ❤️👍 2y
TrishB Not on my radar. 2y
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Areader2
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Buechersuechtling Never heard of either of the author nor the book itself but I love its title. I researched in my online library‘s catalogue but they don‘t have it in stock. What a pity. 2y
Areader2 @Buechersuechtling I read this a long time ago, if I remember it was just ok I bought it because Of the description and the cover. I believe it has magic realism moments but the story was odd and not what I was hoping for. 2y
Buechersuechtling @Areader2 Good to know. Thanks for letting me know. 2y
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BeaG
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Panpan

I wanted to like this book, but there was just too much of nothing going on in the story. I'm all about magic and history, but this didn't do it for me.

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BrittanyBirkett
Mehso-so

Lots of island mystique but potentially too much.

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Tameeka
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“Two sisters and their half brother orphaned in 1900s Virgin Islands. Each unusually beautiful and in possession of a particular magic that will either destroy or save them.” @RiverheadBooks brought their pop up reading room to Langston Hughes‘ home in Harlem ☺️
#blacklitsy

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lauralovesbooks1
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Mehso-so

This bordered between a pick and so-so for me. I thought the writing was good and the story interesting, but ultimately it didn't quite come together in a cohesive way.

Notafraidofwords I liked the beginning. Somewhere it failed for me. 4y
lauralovesbooks1 @Notafraidofwords I agree. Just didn't quite hold together. 4y
bnp I had the same experience when I got this as an ARC several years ago, but then the GR group literary fiction by people of color read it, and discussion made it much more interesting. 4y
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prowlix
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Puppy snuggles and hopefully finishing this today. It is historical fiction in the Virgin Islands + family saga + a touch of magical realism which is my my wheelhouse. And reading about the Caribbean while we have freezing rain seems fitting 🤷🏻‍♀️🌴

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Spiderfelt
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Mehso-so

This is the first book I've read set in the Virgin Islands. In fact, I didn't know anything about them. While not a complete history of the islands, It was interesting to learn about the rivalry between the various islands and with Puerto Rico. I had issues with the characters and with the story, but I finished because I wanted to know more about the people, and the culture.

Kristelh Are those your peonies? 4y
Spiderfelt @Kristelh No, they were in my husband's cousin's garden in NH. She protected them from the rains every night with umbrellas so they would still be beautiful for my visit. They were bigger than my head. 4y
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Mamashep
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Went in for audio books but nothing really appealed. These two, however, jumped off the shelves into my arms.

HeatherBookNerd Still Life is charming. I really enjoyed it. 4y
Mamashep @HeatherBookNerd I do love Quindlen so I have high hopes. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. 4y
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leslieisreading
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Relaxing with a glass of wine and a book in my adorable rental trailer after a hard day of vacationing. 🍷⛰😊

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leslieisreading
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Vacation reading. ⛱😎

TrishB Gorgeous 💝 4y
EvieBee Wow. Just wow! 4y
kspenmoll Gorgeous view! 4y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Dollar store finds! #toomanybooks

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Laughterhp
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My Shelfie Sunday! My wedding photographer took this picture and I thought it was very fitting for today! #backtoreading

LiteraryinLawrence Great picture! When is the big day? 4y
Laughterhp @LiteraryinLititz It was June 10th! 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Recent read that captured the heat and feel of summer! Highly recommended 😁
#SWEETSUMMERSTACK
@Liberty

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Copwithabook
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Pickpick

Read this before summer is over! I love love love this book. The author had lush descriptions that made me slow down and savor every word. The Virgin Islands themselves became more than a setting and took the space of an extra character. This wasn't a book that I felt I had read before, and that's a big achievement for some of us avid readers. There is incest in the novel- so if that is a trigger for you, be aware.

BookMusings Yup this is a great one! 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

Beautifully written. This is one to savour. I found myself reading lines over and over because they were so magical.

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TheKidUpstairs
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"... where the ghosts of her own long-dead deeds were welcomed into her spinster bed at night..."

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TheKidUpstairs
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In honour of #junetunz, I give you the #taintedlove beer-cocktail. Love Potion (light blonde ale) with fresh lemon juice and a splash of lime cordial. A little bit sweet, a lot tart.

PS: This book is also FULL of #taintedlove. Very, very tainted.

@Cinfhen

LeahBergen That sounds delicious. 🍺 4y
Redy2trvl Yum! ❤️ 4y
TheKidUpstairs @LeahBergen @Redy2trvl it's so refreshing! Perfect today, which was hot as heck out here. 4y
Cinfhen Excellent post🏆need to try that drink 🍹 and book too!!! 4y
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TheKidUpstairs
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The beautiful island of St Thomas, is very much it's own character in my #currentread, as the history of the Virgin Islands is told along with the central family saga. I'm loving the lush setting and hints of magical realism, and I just can't get over that cover 😍

#laislabonita #junetunz
@Cinfhen

BibliophileMomma Pretty picture! 4y
Cinfhen Ooooh, so want to read this 💖 4y
Read4life My husband grew up on St. Thomas. I'll need to tell him about this book. 4y
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Copwithabook
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"People can need each other like water. It can be wonderful." I love this quote. I hope you all have felt this way at some point in your beautiful lives.

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TheKidUpstairs
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Library holds came in! Tempted to jump straight to The Hate U Give, but the other two are interlibrary loans so I'll start there.
#Litsyloveslibraries

Laalaleighh I love the cover of that too one! 4y
TheKidUpstairs @Laalaleighh isn't it beautiful? It was definitely what first drew me to the book. 4y
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sprainedbrain
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The mail is here, and my latest #blinddatewithabook has arrived from @BooksForEmpathy

Thanks, Gianna! I'm very excited to read this. 😃

#litsygoespostalOG

DarcysMom I have this book, but haven't gotten to it yet - it got buried in my TBR list. 5y
Notafraidofwords @DarcysMom read it two years ago and enjoyed it. 5y
BooksForEmpathy @sprainedbrain So happy it made it to you! It's unlike anything I've ever read and I really hope you love it as much as I did 💕. 5y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 5y
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Divsy
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Just started tonight and I'm already in love with this book!

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TyraJ

"But Owen will not die of old age. Owen will die of love. The Danish West Indies will become the United States Virgin Islands and this patriarch will die. And perhaps these things are the same."

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brennareadsbooks
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#andawaytheygo Liberty!! I just did a book purge and my shelves are so empty the books are LEANING. Send me yours. 😁

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wish you were closer we could share books! ;) 5y
brennareadsbooks @riveted_reader_melissa Where do you live?? Maybe we could book swap sometime. 5y
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brennareadsbooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh boo that is far. 😭 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @brennareadsbooks I know! I'm in the middle of farm country way far from everyone. LOL! 5y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏 5y
Shawna I'm reading Romeo and/or Juliet right now 😍 5y
brennareadsbooks @shawna SO EXCELLENT 5y
TheBookAddict 😱You're a stronger person than I. I can't part with my books, it's tough! 5y
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8little_paws
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This book was partially set on an island, and was really beautiful and unique. #seasonsreadings2016 @RealLifeReading

Victoria_C I have this but haven't read it yet. 5y
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tholmz
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Simply stunning.

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Jolynne
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Pickpick

An all time fave. #alltimefave

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BooksForEmpathy
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Before I left for the long weekend, I made sure to take this picture of a few of my favorite reads by POC authors. This was very tough stack to pick, as (huge thanks to Book Riot!) my shelves are FULL of POC and women authors. I have committed to staying aware of the authors I am reading and to challenge my tendencies to read the same kind of book over & over again. Now my reading life is SO much better & more reflective of the world we live in.

RealLifeReading Well said!! 5y
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ApoptyGina69 So many great books in that stack! I really want to pick up Delicious Foods. 5y
Theresa You just captured exactly what I've been thinking. I always read the same old type of books by the same old type of authors. Then I discovered Book Riot, and now Litsy, and now my reading is so much broader. I feel like I've learned more in 2016 than in the past 5 years combined! #BookRiot #Litsy 5y
Emcneil This is so great! I've got a lot of books to add to my list! 5y
Aleida I met Junot Díaz this summer. Aside from being a very humble Pulitzer winner, he is a fellow Jersey native. He was very gracious and warm. 5y
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the_need_to_read
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I can't fit the whole photo, but my stack is getting bigger while I am trying to figure out what to read for the 24 in 48 challenge. What will you be reading?

BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm trying to mix up lengths and genres for @24in48 so I don't get bored. 5y
thebookmagpie Not sure yet but you've inspired me to get picking! 5y
the_need_to_read That is what I am trying to do as well @BarbaraTheBibliophage, but I am struggle to narrow down certain ones. My YA and Classic choices are the hardest. There is at least 10 books not pictured here haha. 5y
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the_need_to_read Let me know what you pick @thebookmagpie 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @the-need-to-read My list for everyday reading and for 24in48 is considerably longer than I'm comfortable with. But only because I want more reading time not less books! 5y
the_need_to_read That is 100% truth right there @BarbaraTheBibliophage. My lists for any book reading are way longer than should be, but that does not or will not ever stop me from buying books haha. It is a problem I am okay to have. 5y
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goldenelephant
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An atmospheric read if you'd like to be transported to St. Thomas 🌴 #havebookwilltravel #vacationread #wrongislandbutstilltropical #bookclubread #kauai

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