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The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society - and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future in this brilliantly imaginative novella inspired by the Hugo Award-nominated song "The Deep" from Daveed Diggs's rap group clipping

Yetu holds the memories for her people - water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners - who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one - the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities - and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past - and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity - and own who they really are.

Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode "We Are In The Future," The Deep is vividly original and uniquely affecting.



About the Author

Rivers Solomon

RIVERS SOLOMON, a cyborg wannabe and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, writes about life in the margins, where they're much at home. A childhood split between California, Indiana, Texas, and New York means answering the question, "Where are you from? " is difficult for them, and they tend to pick at random.

Solomon's work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Guernica Magazine, Black Warrior Review, the Rumpus, Emrys Journal, Best American Short Stories, and and elsewhere. In addition to winning a Firecracker Award and being named a best book of the year by the Guardian, NPR, Chicago Public Library, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, their debut novel AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS was selected as a Stonewall Honor Book of the Year and has been nominated for a Lambda and a Locus.

Solomon graduated from Stanford University with a BA and the Michener Center for Writers with an MFA, but are currently based in Cambridge, England. Solomon has been shortlisted for the John C. Campbell Award for New Writers and is at work on a second novel.



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