Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing

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Elliott Bay Book Company says
A novel of astonishing range, reach, and realization, Yaa Gyasi’s luminous, breathtakingly beautiful Homegoing is one for the ages. Set over a three-hundred-year span, this book tells the story of two distantly but inextricably linked families, beginning in what is present-day Ghana, then carrying over into the ‘New World.’ It is a book of mercy and mercilessness, the horrors of slavery, the quest to be, love and betrayal of many kinds and ways, deeply human, and with a wise, knowing soul at its heart.

“Gyasi’s characters are so fully realized, so elegantly carved—very often I found myself longing to hear more. Craft is essential given the task Gyasi sets for herself—drawing not just a lineage of two sisters, but two related peoples. Gyasi is deeply concerned with the sin of selling humans on Africans, not Europeans. But she does not scold. She does not excuse. And she does not romanticize. The black Americans she follows are not overly virtuous victims. Sin comes in all forms, from selling people to abandoning children. I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates.
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By: Elliott Bay Book Company

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