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 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.

The Deep Details

TitleThe Deep
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherGallery / Saga Press
ISBN-139781534439863
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy

The Deep Review

  • Charlie Anders
    January 1, 1970
    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 say that Yetu, the hero, is a unique character who is forced to make some tough choices to find herself, and ends up making a really beautiful and unexpected friendship as a result. I'm going to be thinking and dr 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 say that Yetu, the hero, is a unique character who is forced to make some tough choices to find herself, and ends up making a really beautiful and unexpected friendship as a result. I'm going to be thinking and dreaming about The Deep for a very long time. Yetu's journey kept surprising and inspiring me, even as it plunged into deeper and deeper waters that raise questions about identity and the weight of history. This is the strange, beautiful, transforming story that we all need in 2019. [Full disclosure: I received an early copy of this book for review purposes, and also Clipping vocalist Daveed Diggs kindly gave a quote for my novel The City in the Middle of the Night].
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    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 it's HERE and I am READY
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    SCREAMING------...tells of an underwater society inhabited by descendants of African slave women.' OMGGGG
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    January 1, 1970
    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 owners: their babies were nurtured and protected by whales, and they adapted to an underwater life. In Solomon’s novel, a single person takes responsibility for holding the traumatic and violent past of the entire soc 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 owners: their babies were nurtured and protected by whales, and they adapted to an underwater life. In Solomon’s novel, a single person takes responsibility for holding the traumatic and violent past of the entire society; but the memories are destroying the historian, Yetu, and she flees. But far away from her fellow people, she will discover why it’s so important for them to reclaim and own their full history as a people.The novel is short and easy, quick to read, and yet it is incredibly powerful. Solomon has a real gift with character: Yetu’s character is compelling, as are those she meets on her journey. Solomon tells rich, intriguing stories using “we” to demonstrate the collective and collaborative sense and feeling of a shared history, and helps to convey the weight and sometimes pain of holding several lifetimes of horror, war, and death within a single person. It asks intriguing questions about what it means to remember the past—how painful it can be, but also how it can be necessary for collective solidarity and kinship.THE DEEP comes out November 5, 2019. I received a copy of this book from the publisher at BEA in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    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 who we are. This book is not for white people. Every white person should read it. To understand legacy and heritage, remembering and forgetting, loss. This book is slow and melodic, and it feels vividly and intens 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 who we are. This book is not for white people. Every white person should read it. To understand legacy and heritage, remembering and forgetting, loss. This book is slow and melodic, and it feels vividly and intensely. It remembers.
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  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    oof this sounds like it's gonna be massively powerful
  • Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing
    January 1, 1970
    Hoping this will cure my year long hangover from Into the Drowning Deep
  • Jamie Dacyczyn
    January 1, 1970
    Is this book going to make me scream, "That's not how evolution works!!!" or is it going to be awesome?
  • Linda Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    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 below.
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  • Arielle Walker
    January 1, 1970
    Ok so after that indescribable thing of a most brilliant first novel, I will read anything Rivers Solomon writes.
  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    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 whether we should forget are themes Rivers Solomon explores beautifully. I will be thinking about this book a lot for a long time, about our collective and personal histories and how they affect us, about family and 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 whether we should forget are themes Rivers Solomon explores beautifully. I will be thinking about this book a lot for a long time, about our collective and personal histories and how they affect us, about family and friendship and tradition and trauma. This book was just gorgeous, and you could read it in a day. Highly recommended!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    "The book you currently hold in your hands -- and are likely upset that you read too quickly and is now over..."Madness and trauma-memories and history and belonging.
  • Ada
    January 1, 1970
    ***who sucked me in***Kalanafi in their video on YouTube published on 20 maart 2019***Why a maybe?***Because of that feeling when I was sitting in history class and the topic slavery came up. All the other students would turn their head and glance at you. During discussions you were expected to say something. I have no family history. No traditions that goes back generations. The few traditions we did have were drowned in Christianity and felt false. I can only create my own traditions, never cl ***who sucked me in***Kalanafi in their video on YouTube published on 20 maart 2019***Why a maybe?***Because of that feeling when I was sitting in history class and the topic slavery came up. All the other students would turn their head and glance at you. During discussions you were expected to say something. I have no family history. No traditions that goes back generations. The few traditions we did have were drowned in Christianity and felt false. I can only create my own traditions, never claim. What can I say about that? That loosing stories from a culture you will never know about, hurts?Why would I want to read a story that may well be true for my ancestors? To feel a loss for a situation that happened 200 years ago? Whose names I don't even know?Ugh I haven't even read the story and I'm already having a existential crisis.Maybe I don't want to read this story, but maybe I need to.
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  • temi ★
    January 1, 1970
    ohmygodohmygodohmygodhomygodohmygodogmydgodimscreamingandcryingthiscantbereal???
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