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Homegoing

2016 . Fiction, Sagas, Literary, African American . Yaa Gyasi

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16 total

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232K total

About the book

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Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize A New York Times 2016 Notable Book One of Oprah's 10 Favorite Books of 2016 NPR's Debut Novel of the Year One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016 One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016 "Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day. Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Alfred A. Knopf

Pages:

305

ISBN:

1101947136 (ISBN13: 9781101947135)

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Reviews

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New York Times Best Sellers image

11 months ago

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This Ghanaian-American writer’s first novel traces the lives in West Africa and America of seven generations of the descendants of two half sisters.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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This book just didn’t do it for me. I really liked the beginning, but then the storylines kept jumping and I was struggling to keep track and I felt every time I got familiar with some characters or people it moved on the next generation and I never got to fully understand the depth of their stories. I found myself struggling to pick it back up!

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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This description put a smile on my face: “... he said and gave her butt a squeeze. It was the butt that had done it 19 years ago, and was still doing it now. He’d seen it coming around the alley and followed it whole four blocks - it was mesmerizing. The way it moved. Independent of the rest of her body. As if operating under the influence of another brain entirely” 😁

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

1 year ago

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This book is a must read. It transports one through history and in a very human forward way shows how racism towards the black community has moved from overt to covert. It made me extremely angry and sad. This quote really stayed with me: “They would just trade one type of shackles for another. Physical ones that wrapped around wrists and ankles for the invisible ones that wrapped around their mind”

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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Just started! Beautifully written so far, and the narrator reads with a South African accent (I think) which I’m absolutely loving 🥰

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

1 year ago

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“They would just trade one type of shackles for another. Physical ones that wrapped around wrists and ankles for the invisible ones that wrapped around their mind” This book is beautifully written and very sad.

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

1 year ago

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Just started this! Really excited to read it. Found it off a list on Friendspire and saw that @JackBugas had given it a 10 🙏

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