When I first picked up Yaa Gyasi‘s Homegoing, I half-expected the book to jolt me the way it did. In Gyasi’s glowing debut novel, the lives of two half-sisters—Effia and Esi, equally shredded by slavery and all its bearings—are recorded through a sequence of waves, by generations as tired and overwhelmed as the ones before it. I could not put this book down for anything, and once you’ve split open the ripened fruit that is Homegoing, the same fortune will befall you as well. I promise.
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.
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I'm reading #yaagyasi 's #homegoing at the moment and so far I am very taken with the honesty of the narrative and the story is a good one. It involves two daughters from the same mother so there is a loose connection with today. 💥 💥 💥 💥 💥 #booksellersbreakfast #addymanbooks #hayonwye #booksforbreakfast #breakfastbooks #booktown #happymothersday #smokedsalmon #orangesmoothie #mangosmoothie #bananasmoothie #booksandflowers
REVIEW: 5 stars • I'm speechless. I don't know what to say about this book that will do it justice. I'm amazed at how Yaa Gyasi makes the reader connect to each character on such a deep level after only being introduced to them in the same chapter. This book broke my heart, but also made me feel overwhelming joy. Homegoing shows you pure evil and hatred, but also love, forgiveness and inner peace • Homegoing spans a 300 year time period, from Ghana to America, and it could not have been done more seamlessly or with better storytelling. I really enjoyed learning about how colonialism affected Africa because this is something we're really not taught in the Western world. Everything is perfectly tied together and it really gives the reader a picture of how today's racism is still so heavily connected and influenced by things that happened 200-300 years ago. This is a raw, genuine look at institutionalized, ingrained racism and I think every single person in the world (especially white people) can learn something from this book. • This was a library read but I need to buy it to support Yaa Gyasi and to reread in the years to come. One of my new favourite books 💕💕❤️❤️ • Have you read Homegoing? What did you think? 😊 • Goodreads ID 💫: heathereads-
Homegoing by #yaagyasi is a must read in 2017. The way she connects each character until the end is just immaculate. I had this book on my bookshelf since July and finally decided to read it and could not put it down. The mind is the most powerful tool to waste 😉. Up next is Between the World and me by Ta-nehisi Coates #wellReadBlackGirl #haiti #books #reading #haitian #african #homegoing #novel #blackauthors
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These were my favorite books of 2016, and the only novels I read that were given 5/5 stars. Even now, I cherish these stories more than anything. And if you enjoy African-American literature — or flawless writing in general — I wholly recommend you pick up both of these, like now! (cc: @amistadbooks, @aaknopf) 5/5: At its core, #YaaGyasi’s #Homegoing is a generational tale about two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, both betrayed and spliced — by their own people no less — into two very different worlds of servitude: Effia, to a British slaver; Esi to thralldom. In this incipient divide, Gyasi's debut novel, 'Homegoing,' flexes its wings for flight and with you as its prisoner. (see link for full reviews) 5/5: When August’s memories are triggered by a familiar face on the ride back home, a torrent of vivid memories brings her back to the wanton childhood she remembers during 1970’s Brooklyn. #JacquelineWoodson's devotion — her pivot to memory and remembrance — is brutally meticulous in #AnotherBrooklyn, and serves as a companion read for little black girls and boys alike. (see link for full reviews) . . . . #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #allthebooks #bookworm #blackwriters #blackwomen #blackwomenwriters #africanamericanliterature #blackgirlsrock #reader #shelfie #booklover #igreads #bibliophile #knopf #amistadbooks
"You want to know what weakness is? Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves." • Friday evening at home and a new read. It's a measure of how engaging Gyasi's storytelling is that I'm gripped already, despite having only read fifty pages and also hardly having the energy to concentrate after the longest week working on PhD chapter drafts. Very intrigued to see how this unravels.
⭐️⭐️STAFF PICK⭐️⭐️ Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi ❤️ "This book taught me about the legacy of slavery, and how racism is still very much a fruit of it. It shaped me into a more critical person and helped me to analyse how our unintentional conversations or actions can affect others with different backgrounds." Sofia #booksforchange by @viragopress #bookschallenge #yaagyasi #homegoing @penguinukbooks #iwd2017
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