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How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories Paperback – March 2, 2010
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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A relief to read this kind of thoughtful exploration of life in the Caribbean islands, especially St. Thomas.
When I finally got around to getting it I was surprised and delighted by the freshness of the author's point of view. The stories have the usual points of interest but are tinged a the unique taste of humor. Spicy but not too hot. Great!
However, I'm left with nothing but a bitter taste after reading Leper Colony. I feel that there is an overwhelming bitterness to all the stories and characters and I find that very difficult to reconcile with real life. Typically, I find any fiction that is full of hard to like characters (and non-sympathetic ones, at that) difficult to read. Of course, there are hardships and sadness in life - but there seems to be a thread of utter despair and hopelessness that just leaves me cold and completely apathetic to the characters.
Furthermore, while having the diversity of cultures and character identities found in Leper Colony is admirable, it creates for me an unauthentic voice for all. Each story feels contrived and forced. Even, and especially, much of the dialogue is written poorly, in my opinion. It all seems so affected and overdone. I can appreciate the points that Ms. Yanique may have been trying to make about race, class, culture, and social struggles. However, it feels as though these stories were written as an experiment - "let me see how many issues I can write about in this short story"...so that every sentence and paragraph is fraught with an insincere heaviness. Perhaps if any one story were longer, and given the opportunity to develop over a longer period of time and the stories were able to evolve more subtly, I would feel more inclined to embrace this book.Read more ›
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A great book with some really unexpected stories. I really enjoyed reading this and enjoyed how well it was written. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeremy Kingsbury
Tiphanie Yanique captures the unique tactility of cultures and voices far removed from this reader and made her protagonists' experiences cathartic and discernible.Published on May 28, 2013 by FantasyCreature
This collection of short stories was absolutely sensational. An excellent read. I would suggest this debut compilation to anyone. Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Anonymous