Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway AwardWinner of the NBCC's John Leonard AwardA New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the... show more
Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway AwardWinner of the NBCC's John Leonard AwardA New York Times Notable BookA Washington Post Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed 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. 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.
Publish date: 2017-05-02
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
In the castle on the Cape Coast, one sister lives upstairs, the wife to a British husband/slaver while her very own sister is in the dungeons below. They don't know each other really, so while one part of the family stays in Ghana to thrive, the other part of the family is sold into slavery and sent...
Was für ein bemerkenswertes Buch! "Heimkehren" kratzt nicht nur an der Oberfläche, sondern geht tief unter die Haut. Yaa Gyasi erzählt die Geschichte zweier Schwestern aus Ghana und ihrer Nachfahren. Sie lernen sich nie kennen und ihre Leben könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein: Effia heiratet einen...
I have lots of things to say, but no keyboard. This was a great debut novel, it covered such a spectrum of issues. It was fantastic, and i'll remember it and its incredibly successful execution for a long time. I won't cover what the blurb (or Coates's praise does) , it's just plain good, thought-pr...
I found this book a bit up and down at times. Many of the individual passages were great. Others, I didn't enjoy so much. But I think what troubled me about the book was the way the passages didn't always hang well together. I was looking for a thread linking all the stories. It was easy to discern ...
I would like to thank Penguin Books (UK) for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book. Unpopular opinion time. I've had several friends recommend this book to me saying that it blew them away, but I have to admit I struggled with the format. Homegoing tells an important story but ...