The Deep

The Deep Review

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.

Title:The Deep
Edition Language:English

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  • Erin

    Giveaway win!5 Stars isn't enough! Water dwelling creatures who are the descendants of African slave women. How could I not read this book. The Deep is filled with flowery poetic language that I norma...

  • megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars**What the heck did I just read?This novella is so unique. The feeling. Gah! I can't even describe it. When I first finished this book, I was blown away but also didn't really understand wh...

  • Charlie Anders

    Wow, this book is amazing. As a fan of Clipping and their Hugo-nominated song that this book is based on, I was already excited for this one---plus it's written by Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindn...

  • Iben Frederiksen

    I have mixed feeling about The Deep by Rivers Solomon.First, I LOVED the premise of a merpeople originating from pregnant african slaves being thrown overboard - it's what really drew me into reading ...

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    update: dec 3, 2019I'm really sad about it, but I'm setting this aside at the 40% mark. It's such an incredible premise, but I'm not enjoying the actual writing much at all and I'm hoping it's just th...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    releases: June 2019BITCH okay I was waiting I was watching I was desperate for something more by Rivers Solomon, whose work I have vowed to keep up with after loving their first book so much, and now ...

  • Elle Rudy

    Incredibly compelling premise, genre-bending to the point where I’m not sure that the one it was nominated in, Best Science Fiction, is the most fitting. While books centered around slavery in Ameri...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    The Deep by Rivers Solomon is in conversation with a song by William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes and performed by Daveed Diggs, based on the underwater mythology of the 90s Detroit electro band Drexciy...

  • Sarah

    The Deep is kind of unique in that it is a book inspired by a song: “The Deep” by clipping.. The Deep is about Yetu, who belongs to a race of creatures that live beneath the surface of the sea, th...

  • Kaa

    This book is INCREDIBLE. I am overwhelmed by the creativity, pain, and beauty of this brief story. I only just finished, and already want to re-read it to try to absorb more of its wonder.I won an ARC...