Homegoing

Homegoing

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 conte A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes...

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Title:Homegoing
Author:Yaa Gyasi
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Homegoing
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Homegoing Reviews

  • karen
    Nov 27, 2015
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best historical fiction category 2016! "We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that...
  • Cheri
    Mar 27, 2016
    4.5 Stars Covering the Asante and Fante tribes from 18th Century to the present, Homegoing follows two different families, two half sisters, Effia and Esi and their offspring. The sisters grow up knowing nothing of the other. Both are given a black stone necklace, to be passed down ...
  • Steve
    Apr 14, 2017
    When a book is as popular and praiseworthy as this one, it?s easy to join the chorus justifying why. It?s much harder to come up with anything new to say. I?ll attempt the latter in a minute, but first here?s a recap of what others have already said: » Young, debut author b...
  • Elyse Walters
    Nov 10, 2016
    "And so they waited. Ness and Sam and Kojo, working longer and harder in the fields than any of the other slaves so that even the Devil began to smile at the mention of their names. They waited out the fall and then winter, listening for the sound that would tell them it was time, pray...
  • Chrissie
    Jun 16, 2016
    After 62% / 85% 100%: I am too stubborn to quit, but I am not enjoying this. Not because it is dark, but because it offers only snapshots, brief glimpses of events and people. This book is not for a reader who wants focus upon character portrayal. You start with two half-sisters. ...
  • Fabian
    Jul 28, 2017
    Because it--coupled with a once-in-a-lifetime trip into el mero corazon Azteca i.e. Mexico, Distrito Federal--affected me so much at just the correct time, "Homegoing" for me is THE BOOK OF THE YEAR. It tackles huge themes (the main & overpowering ingredient in all the realm of lit...
  • Roxane
    Apr 23, 2016
    Homegoing is a very confident debut novel. Exceptionally engaging and the strongest case for reparations and black rage I've read in a long time. Seriously, white men are the devil. The most interesting part of this novel, the structure, also becomes the most frustrating part...
  • Maxwell
    Jun 04, 2016
    An absolutely stunning debut; one of the best I've read. Yaa Gyasi captures so many stories and handles them beautifully. We need more novels like this. And it's only her first! I can't wait to see what she does next. ...
  • Brina
    Jul 06, 2016
    I give 5 shining stars to Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, the best debut novel I have read this year. In this semi autobiographical tale, Gyasi follows the family histories of two half sisters, Effia the beauty and Esi to reveal how their families end up. Each chapter is a vignette focusing on ...
  • Melanie
    Dec 30, 2016
    Talk about ending my reading year with a bang; Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi blew me, and my expectations, away. It was everything I could ever ask for in a book, and the stories will stick with me for the rest of my life. ?The family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense;...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jan 29, 2017
    Read for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder reading challenge: #24 Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color The premise for this book is amazing. Two sisters are separated at birth, and each alternating chapter follows a descendant of each sister. Great, right?...
  • Candi
    Jan 29, 2017
    "He had always said that the joining of a man and a woman was also the joining of two families. Ancestors, whole histories, came with the act, but so did sins and curses. The children were the embodiment of that unity, and they bore the brunt of it all." Homegoing is an astonishing ...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Jun 27, 2018
    Yaa Gyasi?s Homegoing is an ambitious and powerful novel which follows the descendants of two half-sisters in Ghana, some of the descendants stay in Ghana and some are shipped to America as slaves. In one way, the chapters of this novel (which follow descendants of the two sisters an...
  • Jenny Bunting
    Jun 19, 2016
    Go read this book. NOW. I don't care what you're doing or what you're reading. You should have intense FOMO about this. So much that you will stop what you're doing and get your hands on a copy ASAP. I don't throw around 5 stars often so you should take this as a huge "get yo...
  • Carol
    Nov 18, 2016
    ?Every moment has a precedent and comes from this other moment, that comes from this other moment, that comes from this other moment.? - Yaa Gyasi 26- year old Yaa Gyasi wrote this debut novel after visiting Ghana, her native country, 18 years after her family moved to the Unit...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 25, 2015
    Stunned, just absolutely stunned that this is a début novel. Spanning centuries and continents, the novel follows two families, one from the slave trading Fante nation and another from the Asante warrior nation, in the British colony that is now Ghana. Stepsisters, who are unaware of ...
  • Emily May
    Jul 10, 2016
    ?What I know now, my son: Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home.? 4 1/2 stars. Homegoing is an incredible and horrific look at history, colonialism and slavery in Ghana and Americ...
  • Jibran
    Jul 12, 2016
    We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? A literary DNA test of Homegoing would reveal it to be a direct descendant of Chinua Achebe?s Things Fall Apart; but whilst the l...
  • PorshaJo
    Jun 15, 2016
    There are sometimes when you read a book, you finish it, close the book, and think to yourself, that was good. Then, you simply and immediately pick up your next book and dive right in. Not giving that original book another thought. Then, there are those rare occasions where you read a...
  • Zoeytron
    Jan 26, 2017
    An ancient humpbacked apothecary with a wildly rolling crazy eye stumps around with a serpent-headed cane. Watch out, this old woman has a predilection for spitting. Although she cannot make impossible things come true, she can 'make the possible attainable'. Black magic, voodoo, bad j...
  • Maureen
    Nov 20, 2016
    Right now it feels as if it's torn my heart and soul apart reading this deeply emotional book. It's been such a traumatic journey, and in addition to being profoundly moved by it all, I also feel both anger and shame at man's inhumanity to man. Homegoing tells the story of stepsis...
  • Lauren Cecile
    Jun 07, 2017
    Great, well-researched book spanning generations and brilliantly showing how a people's past influences their futures. This was the first time I read anything that illustrated so vividly how Africans were complicit in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. (I believe that's part of the reas...
  • Adina
    Feb 14, 2017
    ?We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing?, Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From...
  • Jen
    Nov 13, 2016
    Homegoing is a journey of history. Black history. In this mesmerizing, breathtaking saga, a story of 2 tribes is told: the Asante and Fante in the Gold Coast in the 18th century. Two half sisters are born - one to each tribe and unknown to each other. Their lives go in polar directio...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    Jun 14, 2016
    My heart hurts and there is not enough Ben and Jerry's in this world to soothe it! After reading Homegoing I am literally spent! This is not a bad thing. This is just a very sad novel!!! Homegoing covers the mid 18th Century to present times. It follows two different tribes in Ghan...
  • Warda
    Jul 13, 2017
    *Since it is Black History Month in the UK, I thought I'd re-share my thoughts on this book. I read it a few months ago and found myself slowly becoming enwrapped in this compelling generational story, which perfectly portrayed the evolution of the struggles of the black movement. ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Aug 02, 2016
    I know I said I wouldn't review here anymore but then I READ THAT BOOK and I have things to say so here's me being inconsistent okay? Brace yourself, incoherent thoughts coming in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... I can't help writing about Homegoing for the simple reason that it is BRIL...
  • Book Riot Community
    Mar 10, 2016
    This multigenerational epic has already gotten lots of attention, and it deserves every bit of it. Gyasi?s debut novel begins with two half-sisters in 18th-century Ghana, strangers to each other. Effia marries a white man, and Esi is enslaved and taken to America. The novel follows t...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Feb 21, 2017
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Homegoing is a multi-generational saga that follows the descendants of two half sisters, Effia and Esi, across three centuries, beginning in eighteenth-century Ghana and arriving at the presen...
  • Pouting Always
    Jul 08, 2019
    I stayed up until 5 am reading this and can I just say it was really really good. I was really engrossed while reading and I didn't even realize I should probably go to sleep. That said it was a hard book to read at times, as is any book covering slavery and the subsequent pervasive ra...