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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and that it is Gyasi’s debut novel dealing with one of the heaviest subjects of all time—the history of slavery—makes it even more impressive. The book follows two separate family branches through several generations starting with two half-sisters in Ghana, one gets sold to America, and the other gets married off to a white slave trader and whose children and grandchildren stay in Africa. Despite that you only follow the characters one chapter at the time, they are vivid and touchably real and you feel their love and sorrow to the marrow of your bones. To see the history of slavery and the African Americans’ plight from the days surviving the ships all the way up to forced incarceration and today’s racism is overwhelming, maddening, and heartbreaking, but also illuminating and powerful. I highly recommend it.

— From Maria's Picks

You won’t be able to put it down once you begin. You will learn, you’ll enjoy and you’ll want to share it! A must read!

— From Patience's Picks


Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard Award
Shortlisted for the British Book Award - Debut of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper's Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, PopSugar, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, Financial Times

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed--and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

About the Author

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101971062
ISBN-10: 1101971061
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English

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