The Deep

The Deep

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 Yetu holds the memories for her people?water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown over...

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Title:The Deep
Author:Rivers Solomon
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Deep
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:176 pages pages

The Deep Reviews

  • Racheal
    Aug 29, 2019
    This was fascinating and original and so, so beautiful. Rivers Solomon has this amazingtalent for writingabout incredibly painful topics in a way that makes them feel bearable. Instead of being overwhelmed with dread, I'm all tender and open and ready to receive the devastating gut...
  • Eileen
    Aug 22, 2019
    I had never heard of the song that inspired this book, nor had I heard of the musicians who wrote the song. I just read the blurb about this book and it sounded interesting. This book was not at all what I thought it would be, but it ended up being a very enjoyable experience. However,...
  • Christine
    Aug 22, 2019
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Also, Rivers Solomon?s preferred pronoun is they/them. I pre-ordered this novella in July, and at the time a group of people were upset that Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the live-action Disney remake of the Little Mermaid. While people kept cla...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    Jun 03, 2019
    THE DEEP by Rivers Solomon is directly inspired by the song of the same name by the group clipping., made up of Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes. The song and book tell of water-dwellers descended from pregnant African slave women who were thrown overboard by slave own...
  • Sarah
    Aug 26, 2019
    "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 Dav...
  • Emma Grace
    Aug 19, 2019
    4.5 stars I am not a huge fan of Clipping, who wrote the song this book is loosely based off of, but this book is amazing. Mermaids, history, and together before I?m moving to West Africa? YES! This is going to be an important book that is quick to read. It tells a powerful story of ...
  • Noreen Fredriksen
    Aug 26, 2019
    I won this book from goodreads. The book is about water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard from ships crossing the Atlantic ocean. Yetu, the historian, is the only one that remembers the past and it is destroying her. She flees to the surface trying t...
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    Jan 17, 2019
    oof this sounds like it's gonna be massively powerful ...
  • Kristin
    Aug 10, 2019
    I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway. It was the premise of this book that caught my attention...the idea that mermaids aren't magically created from sea foam or a grieving goddess or any number of other myths or tales, but were actually people (in this story it was A...
  • Candice
    Jun 06, 2019
    As a bookseller, I got an advanced review copy of this book, and I'm so glad I did. For as short as the book is, it certainly packs a punch. Yetu's journey of self discovery and interrogation of history, the way we hold history in our bodies and pass it down through generations, and wh...
  • Beth
    Sep 01, 2019
    I had a hard time getting into this narrative. The premise was amazing, and there were some moments of promise, but it didn't have quite the cohesion I was expecting. Maybe I should go back and listen to the music that inspired it? I did like that the authors said in the afterward that...
  • Jamie (ReadsinTrees) Dacyczyn
    Apr 24, 2019
    Is this book going to make me scream, "That's not how evolution works!!!" or is it going to be awesome? ...
  • Sana
    Sep 17, 2018
    SCREAMING ------ ...tells of an underwater society inhabited by descendants of African slave women.' OMGGGG ...
  • KimM
    Sep 11, 2019
    I was drawn to this book because of it's beautiful cover and mysterious title. Then the concept of mer-people as descendants of pregnant Africa slaves who were tossed overboard from slave ships like so much garbage really drew me in. The writing is lyrical and haunting. The world-build...
  • Asher
    Aug 28, 2019
    Wow. I wasn't sure what to expect from this but it wasn't what I got. It was beautiful and haunting and I could have read so much more. Solomon has very deft hand in writing the inner landscape of characters, and their work was no different here. Yetu was vividly portrayed and felt ext...
  • Arielle Walker
    Mar 23, 2019
    Ok so after that indescribable thing of a most brilliant first novel, I will read anything Rivers Solomon writes. ...
  • Karena
    Aug 29, 2019
    Ever since I read An Unkindness of Ghosts, I've been aching for another story from Rivers. When I found out they had a novella inspired by The Deep by Clipping, well, let's just say, it couldn't get into my hands fast enough. I read this too fast and will probably read it again soon. T...
  • Jordan
    Aug 21, 2019
    I received a free Advance Reader Copy through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 3.5 stars rounded up The Deep is an imaginative snapshot into a world where pregnant African slaves were tossed overboard during the Transatlantic Passage only to eng...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Jul 14, 2019
    I love mer-people, I love clipping., and I love every single speck of the premise for this. I need this SO BAD (Also, if you haven't already, check out the song that inspired Rivers Solomon to write this) ...
  • wanderer (Para)
    Sep 04, 2019
    Wow that was good. Black merpeople, the value of remembering, the worth of individual vs. collective. Highly recommended. Also go listen to the song. Full review to come. ...
  • Kaa
    Aug 17, 2019
    AHHHHHHH I won an ARC of this in a giveaway and it came in the mail today!!! ...
  • Linda Quinn
    Mar 18, 2019
    Imagine an underwater world created by children born to pregnant slaves who were thrown off slave ships during labor. What would that society look like and what would they become as they fight and adapt to survive? This is a really different, imaginative look at our world from one belo...
  • Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing
    Jun 04, 2019
    Hoping this will cure my year long hangover from Into the Drowning Deep ...
  • Steven Shaviro
    Aug 23, 2019
    Rivers Solomon recently wrote on their twitter feed: "me discussing writing today with a friend: i wanna be murdering ppl with every line... to clarify, i mean murdering readers. emotionally." This applies, I think to Solomon's new science fiction novella THE DEEP (I received an advanc...
  • Charlie Anders
    Jan 18, 2019
    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 Unkindness of Ghosts. But wow, this book is intense. I won't give away any spoilers except to...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Sep 18, 2018
    releases: June 2019 BITCH 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 it's HERE and I am READY ...
  • Megan
    Jun 08, 2019
    Intense, fluid and haunting, moody; rich in history and subtle magic. This is a book about the past and about the present and about heritage and who we are without it. This is a book about cruelty and wanting, anger and love, the deep emotions that fill us up and destroy us and make us...
  • Harley
    Aug 07, 2019
    Wow. I'm a fan of clipping and of the song that this novella is derived from, but I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Even you have never heard of the band or song, this is a book worth reading for everyone. It's semi-fantasy, definitely afrofuturist, but I now I can still ...
  • Vanessa Halls
    Jul 09, 2019
    Tom Waits said once, "I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things." You can feel the fact that this book is based on a song: the prose is lyrical and lush, rhythmic and flowing, the kind of writing that carries you through the story like a musician through a beloved album. But...
  • Realms & Robots
    Aug 10, 2019
    The Deep is one of the most meaningful reads I?ve experienced.. The central concept is fascinating and heartbreaking, imagining an alternative past for the African slave women who drowned in the Atlantic. It?s filled with beautiful imagery juxtaposed against the deep pain that perm...