Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
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Homegoing

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“Gyasi’s characters are so fully realized, so elegantly carved—very often I found myself longing to hear more. Craft is essential given the task Gyasi sets for herself—drawing not just a lineage of two sisters, but two related peoples. Gyasi is deeply concerned with the sin of selling humans on Africans, not Europeans. But she does not scold. She does not excuse. And she does not romanticize. The black Americans she follows are not overly virtuous victims.  Sin comes in all forms, from selling people to abandoning children.  I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible.  I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me

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A riveting, kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: a novel about race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle’s women’s dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

Stretching from the wars of Ghana to slavery and the Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the American South to the Great Migration to twentieth-century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi’s show more.

Weight 590 g
Dimensions 165 x 241 x 33 mm
ISBN

9780241242735

Country

Ghana

Pages

305

Format

Paperback, Hardback

Editions

June 2017, January 2017

Language

English

Date

August 1st 2016

Author

Yaa Gyasi

Publisher

Penguin Random House

1 review for Homegoing

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Magunga Williams

    Trust me, this book deserves all the stars available.

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Editorial Review

“Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Spectacular." —Zadie Smith

“Powerful. . . . Compelling. . . . Illuminating.” —The Boston Globe

“A blazing success.” —Los Angeles Times

“I could not put this book down.” —Roxane Gay
 
“Devastating. . . . Luminous.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A beautiful story.” —Trevor Noah, The Daily Show