“A Song Below Water is a must-read for lovers of fantasy and contemporary stories alike. ” ―Booklist
Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today's readers ― 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 watery and melodic crossroads of the real and the mythic, A Song Below Water lures readers with its seductive and beaut ifully black siren song. 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 series
Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat recently returning from six years in Montreal, Quebec, to live and write in the north country, New York. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. Following undergrad, she studied Clinical Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work. She is the author of the adult novel Mem (Unnamed Press) and the editor of the young adult anthology Take the Mic (Arthur A. Levine Books). A Song Below Water is her debut standalone young adult novel.