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Fiction Apocalyptic & Post-apocalyptic

the half-drowned

by (author) Trynne Delaney

Metatron Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Coming of Age, Contemporary Women, Gay & Lesbian, Friendship, Alien Contact, Lesbian, Dystopian, Literary, African American, Sea Stories, 21st Century
Recommended Age
16 to 18
Recommended Grade
11 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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the half-drowned is a vision of a future at the end of the world where what survives is the shapeshifting love of family both given and chosen. Drawing on the Afro-diasporic ancestral knowledge of water and the urgency of desire, Delaney builds a glittering, speculative world where community holds through grief, where we must choose to fend for ourselves while also caring for others. the half-drowned is a genre-bending novella that crafts a polyphony of voices to speak to and through our lives and dreams in order to reach for the unspoken and unsayable and make it heard.

About the author

TRYNNE DELANEY is a writer currently based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal).They were born on the west coast and raised on the east coast in the place colonially known as Canada. the half-drowned, a poetic novella, will be published with Metatron Press in June 2022. Trynne has never seen a ghost, but they’ve been one.

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  • Winner, Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Awards - The Concordia University First Book Prize

Editorial Reviews

"Told with searing insight and compassion, Trynne Delaney offers up a feast in the half-drowned. With swiftness, precision, and extraordinary prose Delaney gifts us an astonishing spec-fic tale of ancestors, lineage, aliens, blood, and memory."
- FRANCESCA EKWUYASI, author of Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp Press)

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