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Homegoing (Hardback)

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Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.







Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 05/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9780241242728  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Yaa Gyasi was born in Mampong, Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in African American Review, Guernica and Callaloo. Homegoing is her first novel.

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What a beautiful yet sad and great account of history; couldn't put it down, highly recommended. I will be looking out for her next.

- 01/03/2017
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This Xmas I had the absolute pleasure of reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, a novel that has been praised throughout the world and is finally landing on our shores on the 5th of January. I'm very pleased to say that all the good things I heard rang true. Gyasi's novel begins with two estranged sisters, Effia and Esi; Effia the wife of a British slave master, Esi a captured slave held in the dungeons of the castle that Effia lives in. The novel begins with a chapter on Effia, then Esi and then alternates between their next generation's descendant as they experience the creation of America by black hands, while Effia's descendants remain in the Gold Coast. It feels very much like a book of linked short stories, with the line of family tragedy passing down through generations. Gyasi has created a magnificent piece of fiction absolutely rooted in history. It is an extremely important novel and I will be reading it again. What a debut. Thank you Penguin Books for sending me a copy.

- 29/12/2016
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A heart-breaking story that had me immersed from the first page. I was fascinated and completely stunned by the structure of this book. Across 14 chapters, Yaa skilfully tells a story spanning over 8 generations of a Ghanaian family, revealing slavery’s legacy from the 1800s up to today. Shocking, eye-opening and humble, this has become one of my favourite books. If you read only one book in 2017, make it this one! A masterpiece.

Sofia, Design Team

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 23/12/2016

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