releases June 2019BITCH okay I was waiting I was watching I was desperate for something 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 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. 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, 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. 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 YetuYetu 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 AgoYetu Will Learn 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 oof this sounds like it s gonna be massively powerful 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 it isn t just the story of Yetu and her people, it s a story about history itself, and unfortunately for humanity, our history gets pretty grim How do you feel hope for the future when the past is riddled with such depravity Perhaps so than any other book I ve read recently, Yetu s deeply personal journey of reconciling hope and history embodies the idea of a beautiful melody telling terrible truths A quick read, but an important one. Hoping this will cure my year long hangover from Is this book going to make me scream, That s not how evolution works or is it going to be awesome
Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home They currently live and write in Cambridge, UK, but they originally hail from the US, where they received their MFA from he Michener Center for Writers and their BA from Stanford University.
- 176 pages
- The Deep
- Rivers Solomon
- 09 August 2018 Rivers Solomon