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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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Homegoing

by Yaa Gyasi

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Difficult book to read at times, much better portrayed early on, a bit less powerful toward the end. Will think long about the forewoman and the stones - one buried, one worn. ( )
  KymmAC | Jan 19, 2019 |
Loved it - every chapter was like a little puzzle, forcing your brain to work backwards to piece together the story of these sisters over multiple generations. Totally engaging and clever. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
Over 8 generations of Africans in two separate strands of a family tree and the author allowed us to see each person intimately and empathetic ally!! Read this again. Sort of like Roots. Quote from the Akan: The family is like the forest:of you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position. ( )
  bereanna | Jan 14, 2019 |
After finishing it, I saw that the author had been in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. It reads to that stereotype. A collection of sequentially ordered short story writing exercises, all very PC, glued together into a novel. Meh. But if you liked "There, There", then you'll probably like this, too. ( )
  breic | Dec 24, 2018 |
I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to comment on Gyasi's unapologetic, heartache of a debut. On the surface, Homegoing is about two families, spanning multiple generations, and how circumstances can drastically change a life. Under the surface, however, this is a close look into the characters soul and mind, portraying perfectly the tragedy of life and how the slavery of Africa's people's went so much deeper then imagined, and how the effects are still seen today.
A beautiful written novel that delves into the nature of people; their misfortune and loss, their cruelty and love, their survival and perseverance. Pick up the novel, preferably with a box of tissues, and be prepared to feel for Effia and Esi's families.
  JPetersonReads | Dec 23, 2018 |
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The family is like the forest:if you are outside it is dense: if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position. - AKAN PROVERB
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For my parents and for my brothers
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The night Effia Otcher was born into the musky heat of Fanteland, a fire raged through the woods just outside her father's compound.
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We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth. Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect picture.
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amazon ca :A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

Two half-sisters, 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.

Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.
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"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"--… (more)

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