“The vibrant focus on West African religious traditions organically enriches beloved, familiar elements—like another well-known mermaid, Simi will turn to seafoam if she acts on her love for a human—in a story bursting with innovative inspiration, such as maps braided into hair that showcase West African civilizations’ mathematical prowess. A divine debut that explores the glories of West African myth, religion, and history.” KIRKUS
“Dazzling debut” Publishers Weekly
“Utterly captivating” Sheaf & Ink
This is the history-changing story of a great love – a love that will threaten worlds and anger Gods.
Simidele is one of the Mami Wata, mermaids duty-bound to collect the souls of those who die at sea and bless their journeys back home to the Supreme Creator. But when a living boy is thrown overboard a slave ship, Simi saves his life, going against an ancient decree and bringing terrible danger to the mami wata. Now Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends – a journey of vengeful gods, treacherous lands and legendary creatures. If she fails, she risks not just the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.
Natasha Bowen, of Nigerian and Welsh descent, is a writer, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly ten years.
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