In ancient Sumeria, only a thin veil separates the living from the dead.
The lives of Ziz, her mother, Meshara, and her father, Temen, are disrupted when a mysterious crevasse rends the earth. Temen becomes obsessed with the mystery and, capturing a crow to guide him, he follows a path to the netherworld where he hopes to gain wisdom from his dead father. Yet he soon finds that ancestors don’t always provide the answers we need.
In his absence, a grisly accident occurs on their farm — Meshara and Ziz are forced to flee. Friendless and alone, they must find a way to survive despite the brutalities of their landlord and devotees of the religious nation-state. Will the women revel in their new companionship or seek to find freedom elsewhere?
Written in a crisp, modern style, THE SPACE BETWEEN TWO DEATHS is a fresh take on the ageless problem of finding your voice when the world is trying to take it away.
“THE SPACE BETWEEN TWO DEATHS reminds us that the dead have voices and the act of living has a price we all must pay. Yourdon’s work is luminous and deeply personal, populated with unflinching clarity and moments of profound compassion. This is a book to return to, to remember, and to take with you into the world.” – From Cody T Luff, author of RATION.
“Surreal, lyrical, infused with strangeness, Yourdon’s The Space Between Two Deaths rests somewhere between a dark fable and a fever dream. An ambitious, captivating novel.” Keith Rosson, author of The Mercy of the Tide “A pitch-perfect, sinister and chilling to the bone tale of a search for freedom. A gripping and dangerous path to the netherworld that reveals its secrets like night stars winding their way through the dark. The forbidden and unnerving suddenly grow hands, grasping your heart. Yourdon will take you on a journey like no other and make you hold your breath as the dark unfolds.” – Dziyana Taylor, author of Casting Shadows