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Trynne Delaney


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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.



"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)


144 pages
Editor | Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Cover art | Sidney Masuga
ISBN | 978-1-988355-25-2
Spring 2022




TRYNNE DELANEY (b 1996) is a writer currently based in Tiohtiàh:ke (Montreal). They hold a Master of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. Their work appears in The Puritan, CV2, Carte Blanche, GUTS, WATCH YOUR HEAD, and the League of Canadian Poets’ chapbook ‘These Lands: a collection of voices by Black Poets in Canada’ edited by Chelene Knight. In their spare time they like to garden. They grew up in the Maritimes. the half-drowned is their first book.






Librairie Drawn & Quarterly | Summer Reads: Mélina

"the half-drowned is a dreamy Afrofuturist short novel. It is a real pearl; Trynne Delaney managed to create a fiction endowed with beautiful complexity and a great, rich narrative in a few pages. I immediately undertook a second reading of the novel immediately after finishing it, despite the pile of books waiting for me." (Translated to English from French)


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly | Summer Reads: Luke

"the half-drowned by Trynne Delaney is an experimental Afrofuturist novella that showcases resilience among a group of individuals in a seaside, post-apocalyptic dystopia. There is so much poetry in this book. The beautifully flowing narrative transports me to the east coast. In a masterful move, Trynne paints so much love and hope alongside their imagination of a bleak future."


Montreal Review of Books | The Future at the End of the World | Review

"Trynne Delaney’s novella, the half-drowned, takes place in a future we don’t have to try hard to imagine, where the 'oceans stopped rising with water but keep rising with plastics and memories.' Of the only people left on the planet, the narrator explains, 'We became stolen people on stolen land. And so we stayed when everyone who could left for the sky.' What remains is an ecosystem and community in which humans, rocks, waters, aliens and angels all speak through and with each other [...] From the titles of each chapter to the rhythm of each sentence this book is a sensory experience: it sinks you in."


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