Posts tagged with "family history"

Posted by jmurrow on 07/21/14
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An exceptional debut novel, Tiphanie Yanique's Land Of Love And Drowning is the lush, linguistically exciting chronicle of three generations of a family living in the Virgin Islands, facing an uncertain future as the islands become an U.S. protectorate in the early 1900s (yes, we have protectorates).  
 
Starting with thee orphans of a shipwreck, a state that nicely parallels that of the political uncertainty of the islanders at the time, and continuing on to their descendants, the story details the family’s love affairs, curses, births, deaths, and triumphs over the succeeding generations.  Steeped in a magical realism that nevertheless retains the confusion and foibles of real life, Land of Love and Drowning is an exciting display of a talented writer for whom great things are expected! 
 

Posted by cclapper on 08/14/11
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The Outer Banks  -- 1813 and Almost Today:  Raging storm at sea; a ship misled by pirates and brigands founders in the islands off the Carolinas.  Crew and passengers ruthlessly murdered, all but one who seems touched by madness, clutching a portrait.  Condemned to life on the island, scrabbling to survive, she is secretly Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Aaron Burr and wife to the Governor of South Carolina.  Her life depends upon the help of others.   Forward through time- to the days of her great-great-great grandchildren struggling through their own isolated island lives.
 
Island atmosphere and the shadows of slavery, past lives, and personal tradition flow like wind through this tale.  Strong characters, unusual settings and actions: a good selection for a book discussion group or personal reading.  Recommended by Nancy Pearl, superstar Librarian and frequent NPR contributor.  I was struck by this story.  There are depths to consider here.  It's something to talk about with friends.
 
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