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.
November 5, 2019  |  176 pages
(Read from Oct 24, 2020 to Oct 25, 2020)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 57% Literature, 43% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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The idea behind this is intriguing, inspiring, awe-inducing even. The execution left me perplexed and distracted. The writing style is hard to follow with prose that feels like it's meant to distract more than to tell a story. It actually sort of felt like it was half story and half poetry; and it switched between the two often...and my attention along with it. I was totally there for the story and for Yetu...but poetry and/or poetic prose has never really been my thing.  (+1 vote)