Books | Fiction / African American & Black / Historical
INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE'S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE • WINNER OF THE PEN / HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION • Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. One of Oprah’s Best Books of the Year, Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"Tracing the stories of a family through 8 generations, the two branches of the family get different starts that lead one branch in the slave trade to America and the other through British colonialism in Ghana. Such an epic sweep with memorable characters that each has their own short story tied to the wider backdrop of historical narrative, culture and ancestry. "
"Just reading and it so nice!! I would recommended if you want to read a nice black ppl book with white men and forge in languages!(dw they js say they speak it but they put it in English) so nice basically short stories also it has some “scenes” that include s*x but it’s very short and quick so the story doesn’t revolve around it"
"An awe inspiring saga of two half sisters, whose divergent paths in life shape the culture, language, opportunity,and identity of their descendants.Homegoing is as compassionate as it is unflinchingly honest, delving into the generational trauma inflicted by colonialism. Each character, along with the passing years, adds another dimension of meaning to the overarching story. The ending is hopeful and ties the characters together in such a beautiful way. This novel should be on everyone’s to read"