An avid-collector of place-based fiction, I was fortunate to find this book while traveling in the Virgin Islands. But if you aren’t able to visit yourself, Typhanie Yanique will take you there with her storytelling. Land of Love and Drowning follows a family on St. Thomas through the first half of the 20th century. Vivid characters, social commentary, magical realism. Incredibly compelling and unlike anything I’ve read before. My flight home was hours delayed, but reading this book, I barely noticed! Caution: some parts are very uncomfortable—dealing with incest—but if I can handle it you probably can too.