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Every River Runs to Salt

A novella

by Rachael K. Jones


The Pacific Ocean is a big thing to steal, and Quietly’s roommate Imani never does anything small. But then Imani goes and dies, and Quietly is left to travel to the Under-Ath (the underworld beneath Athens, Georgia), with angry gods at her heels, to clean up the mess Imani left behind and try to rescue her friend.


“A beautiful story of friendship, love and katabasis set in a version of Athens, Ga., where a woman can have a glacier for an ancestor and steal an ocean on a whim.

“The prose is gorgeous, and the specificity of place is an enjoyable counterpoint to the mythic vastness of a story about traveling to the underworld.”

—Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times Review of Books

“Lyrical, raw, stubbornly poetic—Jones writes young love, cold water, and brutal magic. A painfully good read.”

—Lilith Saintcrow

“Rachael Jones’ novella is a striking journey into a new American myth. Jones has strapped afterburners onto her infamously lush prose, sending this story rocketing forward in a gorgeous whirlwind of unexpected tenderness.”

—Sarah Gailey

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