The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean

The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean

by Rita M. Gardner


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Gold Medal Winner, Autobiography/Memoir, 2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Rita is an infant when her father leaves a successful career in the US to live in “paradise”—a seaside village in the Dominican Republic. The Coconut Latitudes is her haunting, lyrical memoir of surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden—and of the terrible cost of keeping secrets.

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ISBN-13: 9781631529016
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Rita Gardner grew up on her expatriate family’s coconut farm in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Living in a remote coastal village, she was home-schooled and began reading, writing and painting at a young age. She returned to Florida to finish school and later moved to Northern California, where she follows her passions—trail hiking, traveling, writing, and photography. Her published essays, articles, and poems have appeared in literary journals, travel magazines, and newspapers. Her photographs show in galleries and other venues. She continues to dream in Spanish, dance the merengue, and gather inspiration from the ocean; her favorite color is Caribbean blue.

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"In this riveting coming-of-age story, Gardner paints an exquisite portrait of her family's rupture in paradise."
- Julia Scheeres, author of Jesus Land and A Thousand Lives

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