Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi

  • Release Date - Published: 2016-06-07
  • Book Genre: African American
  • Author: Yaa Gyasi
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,024 Ratings)

Homegoing Yaa Gyasi read online review & book description:

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

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Posted Reviews

  • Generations of Heartbreak

    4
    By Richard Bakare
    When a stone hits glass the crater from the impact flares into a web of disjointed lines. Each strand a different length and depth from the others. This is the image that comes to mind when reading this novel. The single pain of glass of a family lineage, fractured over and over again until you can’t tell where the breaks emanated from. Yaa Gyasi’s time and perspective jumping story of family, slavery, and Africa is simply amazing. Each chapter a vignette into the cascading damage and heartbreak from the generation before. The gaps between each characters perspective fill up the imagination with untold images and nuance, like the space between the sentences that Hemingway would write. This book gives a powerful response to those who want to move on from the slavery and Jim Crow of so long ago. Perfectly depicting how the trauma ripples through time. The waves of heartbreak eating away at the shore of bloodlines, country, and dreams. The redeeming and healing power of love is the thread that keeps the trauma from destroying everything.
  • Was expecting more... but a good read.

    3
    By Nikki G'way
    Great family historical story. I was expecting more revelation towards the end.
  • The Best Book I’ve read since I started High School

    5
    By NedieLolaKon
    I don’t know where to begin to praise this book. You will not want to put it down. The narrative and story telling of this book is amazing and you will be amazed at the connections, even the smallest bit, can make you weep for the characters. The empathy I gained from this book is something a book has never done for me.
  • Increduble

    5
    By T0895
    One of the best books I’ve ever read
  • Absolutely Amazing.

    5
    By JTFord91
    I laughed. I cried. I got angry. I got sad. But mostly, I saw myself. I gained understanding. What an amazing book. Spoke to me in ways that I never thought was manageable. I haven't read anything that was so heart changing in such a long time. This book was superb!
  • Exceptional

    5
    By BarbieDeezy
    A real eye-opener
  • 100/10 ! Periodt

    5
    By nakeiic
    It took me forever to finish because I didn’t want to finish it. I really loved each story and personality readers experience. Such a great book !
  • Beautiful book

    5
    By Inknoemedontyou1234569
    Literally one of the best books I’ve ever read
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Fitmamax5
    Excellent book! Beautifully written!
  • Amazing book

    5
    By Love/hate iPhone
    I love this book. I love following each generation as they struggle with what it means to be black in this world. I lot of this book resonates with me. The ending is very emotional for me. It is one of my favorite books please read it.

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