How To Escape From A Leper Colony: A Novella And Stories
by Tiphanie Yanique
- A Top 10 Book in the “Fiction Books of the 21st Century” Category
- Selected for 1 Book Club’s Reading List
- 2011 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Honoree
Publication Date: Mar 02, 2010
List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback, 184 pages
Imprint: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Parent Company: Graywolf Press
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An enthralling debut collection from a singular Caribbean voice
For a leper, many things are impossible, and many other things are easily done. Babalao Chuck said he could fly to the other side of the island and peek at the nuns bathing. And when a man with no hands claims that he can fly, you listen. The inhabitants of an island walk into the sea. A man passes a jail cell’s window, shouldering a wooden cross. And in the international shop of coffins, a story repeats itself, pointing toward an inevitable tragedy. If the facts of these stories are sometimes fantastical, the situations they describe are complex and all too real.
Lyrical, lush, and haunting, the prose shimmers in this nuanced debut, set mostly in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Part oral history, part postcolonial narrative, How to Escape from a Leper Colony is ultimately a loving portrait of a wholly unique place. Like Gabriel Garc a M rquez, Edwidge Danticat, and Maryse Cond before her, Tiphanie Yanique has crafted a book that is heartbreaking, hilarious, magical, and mesmerizing. An unforgettable collection.
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