• Gyasi, Yaa
  • 2017 | Paperback

9781101971062 / 1101971061

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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.

One of Oprah’s Best Books of the Year and a PEN/Hemingway award winner, 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.

New York Times Notable Book


“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


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