How to Escape from a Leper Colony
How to Escape from a Leper Colony:
A Novella and Stories
by Tiphanie Yanique
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Tiphanie Yanique's How to Escape from a Leper Colony is a skillfully crafted collection of short stories that offer ample rewards—vivid characterizations, evocative language—at their finish lines.
Like her protagonists, Yanique hails from the Caribbean; her stories are set in locales ranging from New York and Texas to Guyana and the ghost island of Chacachacare. "The Saving Work" follows two childhood friends: Thomas, named "after the island of his birth," and Jasmine, who both attend college in New York. They fall clumsily into a romantic relationship while obsessing over the implications of their skin colors (Jasmine is biracial). Yanique tells us, "He is a kind of yellow color. Almost like gold. Her color is muted and therefore more mysterious." Later, when the church in which they are to be married goes up in
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