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HomegoingO 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 writ 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 and span roughly 250 years read like short stories because they introduce a totally new character in a new locale However these chapters bleed into each other and the emotional power of the accumulated stories the lives led by the descendants continues to build as we approach the present Besides the tragic stories of those who grew up in slavery or slavery’s aftermath in the United States it’s also fascinating to read the stories of those who stayed in Ghana They don’t become slaves but their lives and the lives of their descendants were forever changed by slavery The various chapters should definitely be read with an eye toward the greater work; however there were stories and characters which made up the book that I identified with than others I identified with Marcus a character who researches and feels incredible pressure to tell an ugly family history His research doesn’t take him to the beginnings of the novel but to a grandparent H who spent years of his life as convict laborer in the mines because of a minor infraction Marcus’s not finding his way all the way back to those sisters in Ghana show how difficult it is to penetrate the lived history of slavery in this country His passion also speaks to how difficult it is to know who you are without your history If you haven’t read this novel yet it’s time to do so This is an incredibly powerful novel Highly recommended Aside I met and introduced Yaa Gyasi at an author event in Wyoming in March on International Women’s Day This was a fabulous experience Yaa talked about her research on Homegoing her decision to fictionalize this history her approach to writing as well as the novel’s reception

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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 t 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 this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out you must find that story too From there you begin to get a clearer yet still imperfect picturethis is a shockingly good debut novel it's accurately classified as a novel in stories although there is a strong connective thread binding them together it opens in the eighteenth century with the story of effia followed by the story of esi these women are half sisters who have never met born to the same mother into different villages and different tribes in ghana effia marries an english slave trader while esi is herself sold into slavery the rest of the book travels the bloodlines of these two women through time; in alternating chapters we are presented with the perspectives of each subseuent generation born to the sisters climbing the family tree for about 300 years and six generations which means that after the initial story of each sister there are twelve different POV chapters each telling a new character's standalone storyin about 300 pagesphewand i knew this about the structure from reading other reviews of the book but by the time i finally read this myself thanks for the push alex i'd forgotten this fact and i kind of wish i hadn't it's not that she doesn't pull off the feat very well because she absolutely does but i kept wanting to return to certain characters and of course it never does it's not a bad thing to be so intrigued by a particular character that you're left wanting but with each chapter you're uprooted out of a storyline in some places at a very tense moment and you need to take a moment to process what you've just read before bracing yourself for what might come next because chances are there will be horrors ahead considering the struggles and brutality these characters often faced my complaints are pretty damn trivial; if the worst thing that happens to you all day is boo hooing over readerly dislocation you're having a good day and reading this book will make your day better not in the sense that it will leave you with fuzzy feelings of how wonderful the world is and has always been because this book is filled with death horrors violence and it can get very brutal in its descriptions this is 250 years of african history after all and between the slave trade the journey to america the conditions of slaves in the new world etc etc on to contemporary and insidious forms of racism and violence it's not an easy read emotionally but it will make your day better to know that there's a powerful new voice out there telling important stories with truly captivating transportative effortless grace it's exciting to read something that engages the mind and the emotions and makes you want especially in a debut and it's a really gripping overview of a history made up of those suppressed voices told in vignettes that cover a lot; providing that clearer yet still imperfect picture the only thing preventing this from earning a full five star celebration is that some of the characters especially in the contemporary times were not as interesting to me as previous generations and some were altogether forgettable even though her writing remained strong and fluid throughout so it's never a drag to read and i definitely loved marjorie Marjorie wondered if she was in love How could she know? How did anyone know? In middle school she had been into Victorian literature the sweeping romance of it Every character in those books was hopelessly in love All the men were wooing all the women being wooed It was easier to see what love looked like then the embarrassingly grand unabashed emotion of it Now did it look like sitting in a Camry sipping whiskey?the uickchange POV's sometimes forced me to refer to the family tree in the front to remind me which a to b to c this character's line was on it's easy enough to remember if you're on effia or esi's line and to remember the generation just before each story but when you get to the point where you have to remember 4 5 generations back when it's alternating between the two lines it can get a bit blurry not that that's necessary to understand or appreciate the book it was just for my own needs because i like to trace storylines and look for patterns echoes repetition but warning looking at the family tree is kind of spoilery because you know who's going to hook up with whom and you know that they won't die before they breed after that though no promises it's always invigorating to come across a particularly strong debut novel; to know that this author is likely to get even better over the course of their career i cannot wait to see what she writes next because this was such an intense and beautifully written book i'd earmarked a ton of uotes that i wanted to share and discuss but they don't seem uite right now excised from their surrounding narrative so you'll have to discover them yourself in the course of reading this book and i'll just leave you with the passage that hints at the book's titleOne day I came to these waters and I could feel the spirits of our ancestors calling to me Some were free and they spoke to me from the sand but some others were trapped deep deep deep in the water so that I had to wade out to hear their voices I waded out so far the water almost took me down to meet those spirits that were trapped so deep in the sea that they would never be free When they were living they had not known where they came from and so dead they did not know how to get to dry land I put you in here so that if your spirit ever wandered you would know where home wasMarjorie nodded as her grandmother took her hand and walked her farther and farther out into the water It was their summer ritual her grandmother reminding her how to come homeand i also want to take a second to plug one of my favorite books of all time one that also covers african complicityinvolvement in the slave trade and its horrors The Book of Night Women it's jamaica not ghana and it's even brutal than this one but it also has one of the best characters ever written and it left me with the same feeling of discovering a new writer as this one did and marlon james went on to win the man booker so i'm wishing the same success to gyasicome to my blog

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read Homegoing doc ´ Hardcover ✓ dcmdirect Ì [Read] ➪ Homegoing Author Yaa Gyasi – 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 exuisite language its impla A novel of 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 exuisite 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 fictionTwo 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 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 a family member in subseuent generations alternating between Effia and Esi's families until we reach present day Here are their until now largely untold stories Effia the beauty had been raised by her step mother Baaba who did not love her as her own Saved from a fire that plays a prominent role in her family's history for generations to come Effia becomes the village's beauty long before she reaches marriageable age Baaba who always resented Effia's presence sells her to the British in order to ensure the Asante's place in the slave trade and Effia marries an English governor rather than a tribal chief The only memory she takes with her is a black stone polished by fire One village over from Effia's Esi Asare becomes a spoil of a tribal war In a subseuent war she is enslaved and taken to the same Cape Coastal Castle where Effia lives as the governor's wife Before becoming captive Esi receives a black stone from her mother Maame and finds out that she is not her mother's first born rather that she had another daughter who she lost in a fire Through the stone and oral histories Esi learns that separated sisters are to be forever cursed in their family history In spite of hearing this tale Esi is determined to hang onto her stone even when she is sold into slavery and bound in horrid conditions for America Gyasi interconnects the stories of Effia and Esi's descendants by alternating chapters Each chapter tells the tale of the next member of each sister's family down to present time Effia's family remains in Ghana whereas Esi's descendants move back and forth between the southern and northern United States Playing a role in each chapter is the black stone and oral tradition as well as black pride and remembering where one came from through both the good times and the sacrifices made In addition to the family we read how their choices reflect the turmoil happening in both Ghana and the United States up through present times which made the book even powerful than it would have been if Gyasi only chose to tell a family narrative Because Gyasi only uses twenty pages to tell of each generation the pages are powerful and packed full of detail and flowing language Thus each chapter read uickly as I desired to find out how the families ended up I enjoyed the vignette format as though it were Gyasi telling us in person the African style oral history of where her ancestor Effia started and where she ended up It would have been interesting to know a few details in the gaps between generations but Gyasi fills these in easily enough in the next story An extremely powerful read being billed as this generation's Roots I immensely enjoyed Homegoing and look forward to Gyasi's future novels