The New Arcadia: Tahiti’s Cursed Myth (2015)
Shortlisted, Whistler Independent Book Award, 2016.
“Layton dissects Tahiti’s complex history by examining not only historical accounts, but also the cultural myth these accounts spawned in the Western world… A layered and fascinating analysis of history and anthropology” (Kirkus Review)
“The idyllic image of a tropical paradise and the cultural costs of perpetuating that image are at the center of Monique Layton’s fascinating new book… Layton draws on an impressive range of historical material to present an unfamiliar and troubling picture of the fames South Pacific island of Tahiti… A vital and compelling picture of a conflicted island and its people” (Scott Neufer, Clarion Reviews)
“Engrossing” (BC BookWorld)
“Layton is a trained anthropologist who makes her material accessible and maintains a detached compassion throughout… She succeeds in writing a scholarly book, research-rich yet appropriate and interesting for the general reader” (Jury, Whistler Independent Book Award, 2016)