Homegoing Author:Yaa Gyasi 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 f... more »ollows 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.« less
This debut novel is impressive for both its scope and the talent of its author, Yaa Gyasi. It is the story of two African half sisters, unknown to each other, whose descendants are followed through three hundred years. One branch begins with slave trafficking in Africa by both blacks and whites, while the other branch eventually ends up in America. Their powerful, inter-linked stories are told in separate chapters with characterizations and circumstances that are unflinching. It is a remarkable undertaking from a talent that will surely continue to soar.
Well worth the read! The story was fast paced- yet thorough. The author conveyed the heart and soul of each character without over-writing and needless description. The story spans several generations with ease yet captures the struggles each character faces.