Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 305 pages

I just finished this wonderful debut novel, and although it isn’t released until June 7th, I couldn’t wait to write about it.  Gyasi depicts two Ghanaian families, unknowingly related, dating back eight generations.  One family is loaded onto a slave ship and spends the next 150some years in America.  The other remains in Ghana for the most part, sometimes living peacefully with the British and other African tribes, sometimes not.  Each chapter in Homegoing is about a character in one of the families, and Gyasi begins her novel by describing the first ancestor and ends in the year 2000.  Each portrayal is honest, unique, complex and memorable.  This is the kind of book I will want to reread in a few years, so I can savor it again.

 

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 305 pages

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