Homegoing (hardback)

by Yaa Gyasi

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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

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Author: Yaa Gyasi
ISBN: 9781101947135
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Size (mm): 165 x 241 x 33
Pages: 320 pages
Format: Hardback
Colour: Black and White
Weight: 590 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 07 Jun 2016
  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter M

    Homegoing is a remarkable debut novel. It is a powerful historical chronicle that sets out the deep evils of slavery, but also the bonds and serendipitous events that link families and generations. The novel is written in a vivid and highly readable style and the characterization is excellent. In some respects the ending feels a bit abrupt, but this is not a criticism. Once begun this is a novel that one feels compelled to continue reading.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Harriet M

    I very much enjoyed this novel. Its a great big story that takes the reader through centuries of history and generations of two families. Its very well researched and I really learned a lot about Ghana, the slave trade, American black and civil rights etc. There are some wonderfully written and memorable characters. I’m looking forward to more from this author.

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Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. Yaa 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 Berkeley, California. Her short stories have appeared in African American Review and Callaloo. Her debut novel, is the Homegoing (Knopf, June 2016).