The Deep

The Deep Review

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’ 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.

Title:The Deep
Edition Language:English

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  • Kat

    this book was so small but had so much to take in!! i gotta think about it for a second for a final rating, but i will tell u that feelings are positive & y’all need to give this a try!...

  • Cindy Pham

    I'll read any book that Rivers Solomon puts out because their ideas are always unique, creative, and poignant. While An Unkindness of Ghosts follows a more traditional narrative, The Deep reads more a...

  • 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...

  • Miranda Reads

    Whelp. I can't stop thinking about tierlists...so here's another video ranking all my January Books. Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest!The Wri...

  • 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...

  • Lisa

    I loved the idea? Not so much the rest. Heartbreaking, for sure. But, somehow I was unable to finish these stories. I sent it back to the library after a few days. ...

  • Jenna

    Of the nearly 12.5 million enslaved Africans who were transported to the Americas in the 16th - 19th centuries, it has been estimated that 1.8 million died en route, their bodies, some still alive, to...