Africa and African Diaspora Literary Series: Author Ayesha Harruna Attah

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Monday, July 26, 2021 - 6:00pm
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THE DEEP BLUE BETWEEN

THWS CoverA sudden, brutal slave raid tears twins Hassana and Vitoria apart, taking them far away from each other. Hassana goes to Accra, where she builds a new family and finds a place for herself in the political world; Vitoria goes to Salvador, Bahia where she lives and works with a Priestess, worshipping the gods of the motherland. But no matter the different obstacles and adventures they encounter, the sisters never forget one another. They remain bound together by their dreams, and slowly their fates begin to draw them back together.

Rich in historical detail, this epic, moving novel evokes a time of great change in West Africa, when slavery has been abolished but colonialism is taking hold, through the lives of two bold young women who are shaping their changing society.

Published in the UK by Pushkin Children's, in West Africa by Cassava Republic Press and in North America, by Lerner Books, it is translated into Brazilian Portuguese (Editora Globo), Dutch (Uitgeverij Orlando), German (Diana Verlag), and Italian (Marcos y Marcos).

"A memorable, evocative tale of sisterhood and identity" - The Irish Times

"Attah is a master of character and storytelling, taking the reader deep into the complexities of separation and reunion." - The Scotsman