Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Read Homegoing Online Free - Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

Stretching from the wars of Ghana to slavery and the Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the American South to the Great Migration to twentieth-century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's novel moves through histories and geographies.

Title : Homegoing
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ISBN : 1101947136
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 305 pages


Emily May rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2016

“What I know now, my son: Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home.” 4 1/2 stars. Homegoing is an incredible and horrific look at history, colonialism and slavery in Ghana and America, across 250 yea...

Roxane rated it ★★★★☆

April 23, 2016

Homegoing is a very confident debut novel. Exceptionally engaging and the strongest case for reparations and black rage I've read in a long time. Seriously, white men are the devil. The most interesting part of this novel, the structure, also becomes the most frustrating part of the novel. The st...

Brina rated it ★★★★★

July 26, 2016

I give 5 shining stars to Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, the best debut novel I have read this year. In this semi autobiographical tale, Gyasi follows the family histories of two half sisters, Effia the beauty and Esi to reveal how their families end up. Each chapter is a vignette focusing on a family me...

Raeleen rated it ★★★☆☆

June 23, 2017

Read for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder reading challenge: #24 Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color The premise for this book is amazing. Two sisters are separated at birth, and each alternating chapter follows a descendant of each sister. Great, right? My biggest issu...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2016

Stunned, just absolutely stunned that this is a début novel. Spanning centuries and continents, the novel follows two families, one from the slave trading Fante nation and another from the Asante warrior nation, in the British colony that is now Ghana. Stepsisters, who are unaware of each others...

karen rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2016

congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best historical fiction category 2016! "We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice cou...

Elyse rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2016

"And so they waited. Ness and Sam and Kojo, working longer and harder in the fields than any of the other slaves so that even the Devil began to smile at the mention of their names. They waited out the fall and then winter, listening for the sound that would tell them it was time, praying that th...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

June 25, 2016

My heart hurts and there is not enough Ben and Jerry's in this world to soothe it! After reading Homegoing I am literally spent! This is not a bad thing. This is just a very sad novel!!! Homegoing covers the mid 18th Century to present times. It follows two different tribes in Ghana ( Fante and A...

Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

February 24, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Homegoing is a multi-generational saga that follows the descendants of two half sisters, Effia and Esi, across three centuries, beginning in eighteenth-century Ghana and arriving at the present day. Each cha...

PorshaJo rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2016

There are sometimes when you read a book, you finish it, close the book, and think to yourself, that was good. Then, you simply and immediately pick up your next book and dive right in. Not giving that original book another thought. Then, there are those rare occasions where you read a book, fini...

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