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Katia says: Homegoing follows the limbs of a family tree split violently by the slave trade on the Gold Coast of West Africa, what is now Ghana. Each chapter introduces us to a new character, a descendent of the characters from previous chapters, and this structure allows Gyasi to travel through time swiftly and powerfully, tracing the effects of that first atrocity on generations and generations to come. This is a novel that reverberates. 

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 and a PEN/Hemingway award winner, 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.

A New York Times Notable Book

Publication Date: 
May 2, 2017