The Deep – Rivers Solomon
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*Perfect for fans of Scott Smith and Nick Cutter, Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping, “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.
Little book, BIG READ.
An exploration of deep tragedy; how understanding and remembering one’s history, no matter the pain, informs and gives life to our present and future. How important our heritage is to our identity. There is so much packed into this tiny book it’s hard to believe, but it unfolds so beautifully that the tragic remembering’s it holds are a little easier to digest. I sat in reflection for ages after I finished. Glad I was by the ocean my go-to thinking spot, because, oh boy, did this stir up so many conversations in my head. Tough content, but in an easy to read format. You’ll fly through this book in no time, but it will stay with you for much longer.