A Song Below Water: A Novel (CD-Audio)
A story of two friends, Effie and Tavia, who navigate blackness and misogyny in Portland gets an added twist when Tavia is holding a secret: She is a siren. In this magical realist novel, sirens, gargoyles, and other magical creatures roam the world but some are viewed with more suspicion and distrust than others. An allegory, while also not, for what it means to be black women coming of age while also trying to manage family trauma, culture, identity within their journey to seek safety in a society that is systematically built against you. Great for people that loved The Hate U Give or your favorite mermaid fan, A Song Below Water will make you love the characters and the worldbuilding before you've even finished the first chapter.— Riley
Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s listeners — a captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.
In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.
Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year.
But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.
Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Teen
“An enthralling tale of black girl magic and searing social commentary ready to rattle the bones.” — Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles
About the Author
Bethany C. Morrow is an Indie Bestselling author who writes for adult and young adult audiences, in genres ranging from speculative literary to contemporary fantasy to historical. She is author of the novels Mem; A Song Below Water and its companion A Chorus Rises; So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix; and the social horror Cherish Farrah; and editor/contributor to the young adult anthology Take the Mic, which was the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award winner. Her work has been chosen as Indies Introduce and Indie Next picks, and featured in The LA Times, Forbes, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more. She is included on USA TODAY's list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read.
“I love this book so, so much! Bethany C. Morrow delivers a blistering modern classic with this gorgeous tale of friendship and power. A Song Below Water somehow manages to be intensely happy and sad at the same time and all in the balance of great, riveting storytelling. The best YA novel I've read all year.” — Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper
“Morrow masterfully blends the real lives of Black girls in contemporary Portland with a mythic world of sirens, gargoyles and other supernatural creatures to create a compelling coming-of-age story in which two sisters, bound by love and fate, find their voices and their power.” —Rebecca Roanhorse, Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Award Winner, author of Trail of Lightning
“Empowering and full of surprises, A Song Below Water reminds us how important it is to use our voices, even when we’re afraid. Morrow has created a world that’s both familiar and brimming with fantastical creatures, and the result is timely, necessary, and utterly captivating.” —Akemi Dawn Bowman, award-winning author of Starfish and Summer Bird Blue
“The world is lush and intense, the voice intoxicating, and the message eternal. Morrow will have you under her spell from page one.” — L.L. McKinney, author of A Blade So Black and A Dream So Dark
“A lush, colorful, and deeply moving masterpiece. An irresistible and perfectly bewitching read that I couldn't put down!” —Jay Coles, composer and critically-acclaimed author of Tyler Johnson Was Here
“A compelling tale packed with endlessly inventive magical concepts, blazingly current social commentary, and heroines you'll fall hopelessly in love with. I'm obsessed.” — Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex series and finalist for the John W. Campbell Award
“A rich, intricate dive into mythology, misogynoir, and the way the world makes black girls out to be monsters. Like the siren's song, A Song Below Water is irresistibly compelling.” —Heidi Heilig, award-winning author of For a Muse of Fire and The Girl from Everywhere
“Morrow seamlessly blends timely topics with timeless myths in a story that will convince readers of the power of their voice.” —Parker Peevyhouse, author of The Echo Room