Tiphanie Yanique – Land of Love and Drowning
Late Night New York, hosted by Emily Yoon in collaboration with the Franklin Park Reading Series
This week’s podcast features Tiphanie Yanique, author of three acclaimed books, as well as short fiction, essays, and poetry. BookPage listed Tiphanie as “one of the 14 women to watch out for in 2014” and her writing has been published in Best African-American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, and American Short Fiction, among other places.
Here Tiphanie reads from her new book Land of Love and Drowning, where she takes her readers to the Virgin Islands as she knows them – rich with family history and tragedy. Inspired by the story of Tiphanie’s grandmother, who lost her father in a shipwreck, Land of Love and Drowning follows the character Annette through her own experience of love and loss.
‘I am with Frankie,’ she told herself. ‘I am here with Frankie, I am here, I am with Frankie, this is not Jacob, I am with Frankie.’
‘Well, Annette,’ said Mrs. Lady, the chef, sourly. ‘I’ve got to get back to the kitchen, a lot to feed tonight, not like when it was just you.’
She wiped her hands clean along the front of her chef’s coat. ‘But if it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t even be born. Believe it. Now let me get you one bit of warning.’
Annette couldn’t follow what this woman was saying. She didn’t even try to smile, but instead leaned back, making her distance. This woman was not Jacob. Not Jacob at all. How could Annette care about this woman coming and giving her anything? But the chef continued anyway, now a bit more quickly and quietly, as though they were conspiring.
‘I’m not certain that this here movie is your kind of movie.’ And then she left Annette, just as she left her before.
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TIPHANIE YANIQUE is from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The author of the story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, she is a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winner and was named by the National Book Foundation as one of 2011’s “5 Under 35.” She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and St. Thomas.