Two half-sisters in Ghana living in the 1700s are separated by a continent, when one is married off to a British commander and the other is sold into slavery. Gyasi tells the story of their descendants, one generation at a time, in Ghana and the United States. While I’ve read a number of books about the legacy of slavery, Homegoing’s take on African involvement is a different perspective, showing how tribes were prodded into warfare, manipulated by the Europeans. For an episodic novel with a different protagonist in each chapter, it’s surprising how connected I became to the characters, but such is Gyasi’s skill as a novelist. And yes, it all comes together at the end.
— Daniel Goldin
June 2016 Indie Next List
“Homegoing is an epic narrative that is sure to become a treasured staple. Two sisters in Ghana are marked by fiery tragedy: one is married off to an English slave trader, and the other is sold to be a slave in America. The story follows their descendants generation by generation. Homegoing will break your heart over and over, impress you with the resilience of the human spirit and the amazing power of forgiveness, and leave you optimistic and in awe.”
— Nichole McCown (E), Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
About the Author
YAA GYASIwas 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 Berkeley, California.
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