LIMITED TICKETS / EXCLUSIVE EVENT
Tickets to Tiphanie Yanique's author event appearance at 81C in historic Charlotte Amalie on 10/27/21 are for sale online (link above).
1 ticket includes 1 copy of Monster in the Middle, unlimited fine wines / refreshments, an author reading, Q&A, and book signing experience.
Additional copies of Monster in the Middle and backlist titles will be available for purchase. Confirmed guests will receive an email with event information and confirmation of your place on guest list.
Exclusive event / limited capacity. Covid-19 guidelines observed.
MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE
FROM NATIONAL BOOK AWARD’S 5 UNDER 35 HONOREE AND AUTHOR OF THE AWARD-WINNING NOVEL LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING, TIPHANIE YANIQUE
NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF FALL 2021 BY:
NEW YORK TIMES ● VULTURE ● BOSTON GLOBE ● OPRAH DAILY
SHEREADS ● KIRKUS REVIEWS ● HEY ALMA ● LITHUB ● AND MORE
“[Yanique is] one of the most inventive and talented stylists of her generation… [She] explores the way love can echo along the corridors of history, through police brutality and a pandemic, deftly weaving and juxtaposing the trajectories that make love possible.”
– New York Magazine/Vulture
“A compelling exploration of how we become who we are and how we manage to find
our way to love. In her lyrical prose, the myriad possibilities of being—the accidents
of birth, of sex, of race and geography, the choices we make, our compulsions—
coalesce into something that feels, gloriously, like destiny.” – Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Memorial Drive
“As boundless as it is affecting. Yanique’s prose leaps with possibility, as her characters live and laugh and fight and love. Yanique captures romance from its peaks to its craters, deftly weaving whole worlds from everything in between.” – Bryan Washington, author of Memorial
“A total wonder. Utterly original and structurally thrilling. I am in awe of this novel and Tiphanie Yanique’s masterful storytelling. This feels like a modern fable, a contemporary folk ballad full of unforgettable characters who, by the end, felt as familiar to me as family. What a gorgeous ode to love and its power.” – Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life
“Tiphanie Yanique is one of our very best writers. This book is another marvel, expertly mixing voices and styles, even structures and traditions, to capture the way lives naturally flow together and apart over time.” – Matthew Salesses, author of Craft in the Real World
A deeply influential storyteller, Tiphanie Yanique is known for her outstanding ability to take readers on a journey through time, place, and relationships. Time again, Yanique is praised for weaving “lurid, yet layered and literary” (NPR) prose that “echoes the richness of Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison” (Buzzfeed). The success of her first novel Land of Love and Drowning garnered widespread acclaim for mastering the “feat of tropical magical realism” (Vanity Fair) and won top awards such as the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and more. A National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honoree, Tiphanie Yanique has proved herself a master of multigenerational stories that explore intimacy, race and colonialism in America, and MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE is no exception.
When Fly and Stela meet in twenty-first-century New York City, it seems like fate. He's a Black American musician from a mixed-religious background who knows all about heartbreak. She’s a Catholic science teacher from the Caribbean, looking for lasting love. But are they meant to be? The answer goes back decades—all the way to their parents’ earliest loves.
Vibrant and emotionally riveting, MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE moves across decades, from the continental U.S. to the Virgin Islands to Ghana and back again, to show how one couple’s romance is intrinsically influenced by the family lore and love stories that preceded their own pairing. What challenges and traumas must this new couple inherit, what hopes and ambitions will keep them moving forward? Exploring desire and identity, religion and class, passion and obligation, the novel posits that in order to answer the question “Who are we meant to be with?” we must first understand who we are and how we came to be.
Yanique says “This novel touches on some of the most poignant historical moments, bringing us to this apex moment in the present, where we’re still searching for love while struggling to reconcile political and cultural differences. This book asks us to rethink what it means to be an American during turbulent times, particularly an American in love.”
Beautiful, heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking, MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE is a story that tells an honest journey of love. It portrays relationships as they are—sexy, messy, and everything in between— and shows us how our time, place, and position in the world impacts how we experience love and intimacy. Told in spellbinding prose, this multigenerational novel challenges everything we know about relationships and makes us wonder why we love the way we do.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the award-winning novel Land of Love and Drowning, as well as the poetry collection Wife. Winner of the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel award, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Award and a Fulbright scholarship. Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker and anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2020. Originally from the Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, where she is a professor at Emory University.
More Praise for MONSTER IN THE MIDDLE
“A genre-defying multigenerational love story.” – Oprah Daily
“Soft and intricate with no detail wasted. Readers are lured into the themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and trauma, with an ending well worth the investment.” – Booklist
“Spanning decades and geographies, this novel reveals on every page how love can persevere and take shape over time and space.” – Boston Globe
“The ending left me truly speechless.” – Hey Alma
“Unique and memorable…Look to your roots, Yanique urges us, and maybe you’ll see the outline of your future. A rich and honest examination of family histories, cultural disconnection, and the way people fall in love.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“This introspective exploration of first and lasting loves will hit the spot with fans of character-driven family dramas.” – Publishers Weekly
More Praise for Tiphanie Yanique
Center for Fiction First Novel Prize ● Bocas Prize ● Phillis Wheatly Award ● American Academy of Arts and Letters Award ● Boston Review Prize ● Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award ● Pushcart Prize
“Tiphanie Yanique’s tremendous talents and incredible storytelling will astound you and leave you breathless.”
“Tiphanie Yanique is a prodigiously talented new writer with a sharp voice, wicked humor, and compassion beyond measure.” —Tayari Jones
“Tiphanie Yanique takes on all of it—the bitter and the sweet, love and loss, betrayal and faith, as well as the distant machinations of state that push us about like so many minnows on ocean tides—and does so with a grace and a wisdom that are nothing short of profound.”—Ben Fountain
“In Land of Love and Drowning, Tiphanie Yanique paints a poignant, electrifying panorama of the Virgin Islands. Breaking writerly rules left and right, Yanique’s sentences seem effortless, free. Yet watch as these assemble into a family saga of unforgettable gravitas. A magnificent story, marvelously told.”
—Claire Vaye Watkins