Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi

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Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
One of Oprah's 10 Favorite Books of 2016
NPR's Debut Novel of the Year
One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016
One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016

"Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

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.

Includes a PDF of the Family Tree

Product Details

Price: $16.95  $15.59
Publisher: Vintage
Published Date: May 02, 2017
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 5.1 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
ISBN: 9781101971062

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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.

Reviews

"Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Spectacular." --Zadie Smith

"Powerful. . . . Compelling. . . . Illuminating." --The Boston Globe

"A blazing success." --Los Angeles Times

"I could not put this book down." --Roxane Gay

"Devastating. . . . Luminous." --Entertainment Weekly

"A beautiful story." --Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

"Spellbinding." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Dazzling. . . . Devastating. . . . Truly captivating." --The Washington Post

"Brims with compassion. . . . Yaa Gyasi has given rare and heroic voice to the missing and suppressed." --NPR

"Tremendous . . . Spectacular. . . . Essential reading." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Magical. . . . Hypnotic. . . . Yaa Gyasi [is] a stirringly gifted writer." --The New York Times Book Review

"Powerful. . . . Gyasi has delivered something unbelievably tough to pull off: a centuries-spanning epic of interlinked short stories. . . . She has a poet's ability to pain a scene with a handful of phrases." --The Christian Science Monitor

"Thanks to Ms. Gyasi's instinctive storytelling gifts, the book leaves the reader with a visceral understanding of both the savage realities of slavery and the emotional damage that is handed down, over the centuries. . . . By its conclusion, the characters' tales of loss and resilience have acquired an inexorable and cumulative emotional weight." --The New York Times

"[Toni Morrison's] influence is palpable in Gyasi's historicity and lyricism; she shares Morrison's uncanny ability to crystalize, in a single event, slavery's moral and emotional fallout. . . . No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalized in this country." --Vogue

"Gyasi gives voice, and an empathetic ear, to the ensuing seven generations of flawed and deeply human descendants, creating a patchwork mastery of historical fiction." --Elle

"A remarkable feat--a novel at once epic and intimate, capturing the moral weight of history as it bears down on individual struggles, hopes, and fears. A tremendous debut." --Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment

"Rich. . . . Fascinating. . . . Each chapter is tightly plotted, and there are suspenseful, even spectacular climaxes." --Vulture

"[A] commanding debut . . . will stay with you long after you've finished reading. When people talk about all the things fiction can teach its readers, they're talking about books like this." --Marie Claire

"Homegoing weaves a spectacular epic. . . . Gyasi gives voice not just to a single person or moment, but to a resonant chorus of eight generations." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"Moving. . . . Compelling. . . . Gyasi is an enormously talented writer." --The Dallas Morning News

"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel that made me want to use the adjective perfect. . . . Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing is a feat rarely achieved: a book with the scope of world history and the craft of something much smaller. . . . The cumulative effect is staggering." --Molly McArdle, Brooklyn Magazine

"Carrying on in the tradition of her foremothers--like Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Assia Djebar and Bessie Head--Gyasi has created a marvelous work of fiction that both embraces and re-writes history." --Paste

"Impressive . . . intricate in plot and scope. . . . Homegoing serves as a modern-day reconstruction of lost and untold narratives--and a desire to move forward." --Miami Herald

"Heart-wrenching . . . . Yaa Gyasi's assured Homegoing is a panorama of splendid
faces." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A remarkable achievement, marking the arrival of a powerful new voice in fiction." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Luminous. . . . The author thrillingly depicts her characters' migrations from mud-hut villages to Harlem's jazz clubs to Ghana's silvered beaches, celebrating how place and fate shape us all." --Oprah.com

"Epic . . . a timely, riveting portrayal of the global African Diaspora--and the aftereffects that linger on to this day." --The Root

"An emotional, beautiful, and remarkable book. . . . Homegoing is stunning--a truly heartbreaking work of literary genius." --Bustle

"An important, riveting page-turner filled with beautiful prose, Homegoing shoots for the moon and lands right on it." --Buzzfeed