The Deep (from Amazon)
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.
I’ve been a fan of clipping. since I started listening to Hamilton. The first song I heard was “Work work” and I was completely enthralled.
My lovely wife sends me an NPR podcast with a song by Clipping. It’s called ‘The Deep,” and it’s about these mermaid-like people who were decedents of pregnant women of the Middle Passage who were discarded overboard the ships on their way to the Caribbean. I’m not usually a mermaid type person, but I’m here for Clipping.
So I listen to the song and think it’s interesting. And then she tells me that it’s going to be a book. I preorder it right away. And then I find out that Daveed Diggs, who I think is a master of articulation, reads the audiobook.
Yeah, I fan-by’d a little bit. And then I put the audio on hold. I’ve got it now, and I’m sure I’ll be done soon. But until then, here’s “The Deep” by Clipping.