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How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories (Paperback)

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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 García Márquez, Edwidge Danticat, and Maryse Condé before her, Tiphanie Yanique has crafted a book that is heartbreaking, hilarious, magical, and mesmerizing. An unforgettable collection.

About the Author


Tiphanie Yanique is from Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands. The author of the novel Land of Love and Drowningand thestory collection "How to Escape from a Leper Colony", she is a 2010 Rona Jaffe Writers Award winner and was named by the National Book Awards as one of 2011 s 5 Under 35. She teaches at the New School and lives in Brooklyn and Saint Thomas.

Praise For…


“With turns to the wild, clever, and magical that seem at once fantastic and inevitable, Tiphanie Yanique has crafted a beautiful collection of short and not-so-short fiction. This is an exciting new voice.” —PERCIVAL EVERETT

Product Details
ISBN: 9781555975500
ISBN-10: 155597550X
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2010
Pages: 184
Language: English