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    Touched my soul

    When I first saw this book cover I got so excited because of the mermaid on the front. I live mermaids. Then while reading, I saw it had a much deeper meaning than the reader could possibly comprehend from just the excerpt or first look. I’m ashamed to say, but I had to research about slaves being thrown into the sea. I don’t know why I never thought about the voyage part to their destination. I think because so much history and movies only show what happened after they reached their destination. This book really touched my soul. My mind has trouble even thinking about what was done to human beings. But it’s not something we should ever forget either. The author took something horrific and added a touch of her own magic and made it into something that will make any age want to read. I thank her for this. This book should be in all libraries and required reading at schools.
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    Beautiful mythology/dark fantasy

    This novella tells a story inspired by clipping.’s song “The Deep”. It is a myth about the Wajinru—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women that had been thrown overboard by slavers. While the women died in the ocean, their children were born as Wajinru. Yetu, the main character, is a Historian, tasked with all of the memories of Wajinru ancestors—including the horrors of how they came to be. The memories drive her mad with their sorrow, grief, and burden—all of which she carries alone save for annual ceremonies when she shares the memories with the others. The memories become more than she can bear and she flees her home and the memories and takes solace at the surface, where she is too far from home to be touched by any memories. There, she learns more about family, history, ancestry, and community than she ever could have through memories alone. This book was SO beautiful! It made beauty out of a violent and devastating past that isn’t far from true history. It was a truly unique story that was beautifully written with fantastic world building. I definitely recommend this book for fans of dark fantasy and/or mythology!
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    Powerful, emotional and beautiful

    The Deep is the powerful and emotional story of Yetu, the historian of the Wajinru people. The Wajinru are a mermaid-like people living deep in the sea, the descendants of pregnant African slaves who were thrown overboard from slave ships. Their babies could breathe underwater and were raised by whales. The story is set hundreds of years after the time of slavery. The Wajinru appoint one historian to hold and experience all the history and memories of their people, so that they do not have to live burdened by these memories. This person is Yetu. The trauma of experiencing centuries of memories, both wonderful and traumatic, is destroying Yetu emotionally and physically. In a ceremony, she gives the memories to her people and escapes to find herself near land. She experiences autonomy and freedom from the memories for the first time in many years. She meets humans who live near the water and has a relationship with one of them. She must eventually return to the Wajinru and her people must find a new way to keep their memories. This book is beautifully written and haunting. The world building is imaginative and skillfully done. Highly recommended.
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