Living in Portland, a city with a slim number of Black people, might have been difficult enough. But for Tavia, a siren fighting to hide her nature, and Effie, a girl struggling to escape the aftermath of a bizarre playground incident, life is extra hard. When a siren murder trial shakes the nation and Effie’s past begins to truly haunt her, their lives may be changed forever.
A world like ours where sirens, elokos, and gargoyles exist may seem amazing and magical. But A Song Below Water looks deeper – would it really be so wonderful? Taken within the context of today’s world, where racism, sexism, and prejudice are still incredibly prevalent, giving some people superhuman power may not be as amazing as it seems. Especially when those people are Black girls and women.
I promise you aren’t ready for this book, certainly not if you’re white. Don’t expect it to even come close to shying away from topics like police brutality or the silencing of Black women who fight to be heard. It literally left me breathless. There are some things that I as a white person will never really understand, but I’m a firm believer in the ability of books to show readers perspectives they may have never considered before. I sincerely hope that you will read this book and take something important away from it.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): police brutality, racism, violence, past self-harm/suicide attempt
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