“A moving, dreamlike tale. Solomon's book (and Clipping's song) feels like it's at the forefront of a new wave of speculative fiction unearthing the narratives of the historically silenced .”—Indrapramit Das, award-winning author of The Devourers
“A compelling story about the power and necessity of history and memory, community and connection. Do not miss this book.”—Ann Leckie, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice
“A harrowing and impactful story of memory, duty, drowning and the weight of history and what it means to very different people. I loved it.”—Aliette de Bodard, BSFA Award-winning author of The House of Shattered Wings
"A striking book with original, fantastical worldbuilding. A harrowing survival story about transformation, and uncovering and reclaiming hidden history. Read it."—Martha Wells, Hugo Award-winning author of The Murderbot Diaries
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.