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  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
    Knopf/Random House, 9781101947135, June 7, 2016 (Fiction)

    "Homegoing spans 300 years, beginning in Ghana and ending in America. The story is beautifully rendered, with characters whose sufferings and triumphs you share. You are given insight into the history of the slave trade and generations later, we see the impact on the lives of individual characters. It's a stunning debut! Not to be missed!”

    Sarajane Giddings, Blue Door Books (Cedarhurst, NY)

    “Yaa Gyasi bravely explores in depth the ramifications of the European-American slave trade from its origins in Africa, where victorious tribal warlords sold conquered Africans to white traders. Tracing the descendants of two Ghanian half-sisters, Effia, the wife of a British soldier, and Esi, who is sold into slavery, Homegoing is encyclopedic in its reach. Beautifully written and extremely well crafted, Gyasi brings to life characters who have felt the impact of slavery — generations of men, women, and children who, to this day, continue to suffer under this burden.” 

    Mary Frank Buckley, Eight Cousins (Falmouth, MA)

    Homegoing follows the bloodlines of two sisters from Ghana, one whose family was brought to America on slave ships while the other stayed in Ghana. Each chapter moves up one generation, switching back and forth between the two families. This book does an incredible job chronicling the horrors of the slave trade and the many different ways Africans, and African Americans, have suffered since. The scope is huge, but Gyasi pulls it off. This book is going to be a big deal.” 

    Ingrid Goatson, Boulder Book Store (Boulder, CO)

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