Tuesday, March 9, 2021

#StayAtHome: Rivers Solomon's "The Deep"

Rivers Solomon's The Deep is a great novel about the pain of the Middle Passage, and how people deal with historical trauma, individually and collectively. I am a big generation ship fan, and really liked Rivers' first novel, A Kindness of Ghosts, but this novel went a lot deeper for me. It probably helps that the novel is strongly suggestive of West African and Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and in particular belief in Ginen, and the lwa La Siren (a mermaid being). The novel is brief, disjointed, and powerful, and I am confident that it will reward rereading. 

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