A Novel

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"Homegoing is an inspiration."--Ta-Nehisi Coates A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation. Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi's magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780451484185
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (1 sound file (13 hr., 11 min., 22 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hoffman, Dominic

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Apr 24, 2017

Up until the start of the second half, I would have probably only given it 4 stars. It seemed a bit disjointed although I liked each individual generational story. But, it really picked up speed for me from then on and I ended up giving it 5. I rarely do this.

EKGO Nov 15, 2016

A rich, intense family saga following the descendants of two half-sisters who begin the story in Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast at the height of the slave trade. One sister, Effia, is sold as a wife to a British slave trader and her bloodline, except for the last in the story, live in Ghana where tribes fight one another and fire torments dreams. The other sister, Efi, is captured from an outlying village and sold to the slavers who ship her off to the United States where her bloodline experience cruelty, civil war, racism, segregation, and inequality.

Narrator Dominic Hoffman makes this stellar story shine even brighter.


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