Homegoing (Paperback)

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Homegoing spans two continents and hundreds of years as it tells the story of one family's struggle to overcome challenges beyond their control. Poetic, heartbreaking, and timely, this story speaks to the experiences of those impacted by the legacy of slavery in a challenging and essential way.

— Josh

Beautiful debut novel that follows seven generations and two ancestral lines of half sisters whose lives are shaped and fomed by colonialism and the slave trade in 17th century Ghana. This ambitious novel of linked stories reminds readers (again, again) of the sick legacy of slavery as well as the lure of power and the corruption that often follows it.

— Susan

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Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard Award
Shortlisted for the British Book Award - Debut of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper's Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, PopSugar, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, Financial Times

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.

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.

About the Author


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 New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101971062
ISBN-10: 1101971061
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English