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Yaa Gyasi

Author of Homegoing

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About the Author

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in English and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut novel, The Homegoing, became a New York Times best seller. In 2016, she was selected as one of the U.S. National Book show more Foundation's 'five under 35' new writers to watch. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Gyasi Yaa, Yaa Gyasi

Works by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing (2016) 5,630 copies
Transcendent Kingdom (2020) 2,130 copies
Hüljatud kuningriik (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story (2021) — Contributor — 1,510 copies
Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists (2017) — Contributor — 71 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1989
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Country (for map)
Ghana
Birthplace
Mampong, Ghana
Places of residence
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Education
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Stanford University (BA/English)
Awards and honors
National Book Foundation, 5 Under 35 Honoree (2016)
Short biography
YAA GYASI was 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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Wow. This book was like a punch in the stomach. I'm sure I'll never look at the slave trade and its ramifications in the same way again.
 
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milbourt | 279 other reviews | May 11, 2024 |
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, is one of the most skilled and beautiful works of historical fiction I've ever read. Particularly I liked the ending of the book, which I will not spoil. It is difficult to find writers who can really finish a story well. They must look back as well as forward; swell the finale with the thematic elements of the book, and work magic in the heart of the reader so that they will wish to return to the story, or to the author's other stories, to see that mystical power wrought again. To do such a thing in one's first novel is a rare ability, and I am filled with something more vivid than respect, that something unnameable that bibliophiles spend their reading lives in search of.… (more)
 
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ahef1963 | 279 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
This book made me feel so many emotions. It has certainly created a lasting impression in me.
 
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tootall77hc | 279 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
I loved this book.

I am so glad I read this before I read her other book "homegoing".

Like most books, I went into it blind. I am so happy I did. At first I didn't think the dual timelines we kept getting and within very short chapters, were a good idea. Buuut, I was pleasantly proven wrong because it worked for the book.

The way Yaa integrates religion, science and spirituality is just so well executed. it's so well done.

I love this book. I found myself relating with some of the question she would ask. It sometimes felt like reading my intrusive thoughts on paper.

I would highly recommend this one.
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Rating
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ISBNs
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