The Deep (Compact Disc)
In an adaptation of the eponymous song, Rivers Solomon delivers an incredible underwater mythos in a dreamlike tale. Memory is always a fickle thing, but it can be even more challenging when it is your job to hold the memories of your entire people. Yetu holds the weight of her peoples' history within herself. From the induction of their species to this moment in time, it is her responsibility to hold their entire generational trauma until The Remembering, the time when she acts as a conduit for an entire community and they all share in the memories. Immersive and heart wrenching, Solomon's adaptation of clipping's song has as much depth as it does beauty.— Elisa
November 2019 Indie Next List
“Solomon is perfectly suited to expand the concept of a civilization of merfolk whose origins were born in the violence of pregnant African women sent to the depths from the vessels of white slave traders. The Deep focuses on Yetu, whose role as historian is to be individually burdened with six centuries of memories of all the wajinru (merfolk), and the consequences when she abdicates her responsibility. With shades of Hans Christian Andersen, Ursula Le Guin, and Lois Lowry, plus inimitable explorations of difficult social interrelationships, Solomon’s short tome is, indeed, a deep read.”
— Maryelizabeth Yturralde, Creating Conversations, Redondo Beach, CA
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.