Must-Read for historical fiction lovers Homegoing is the most remarkable piece of literature I have come across in a long time. I almost finished it in one sitting because I could not put it down.
As the book floated across seven generations and nearly 3 centuries, I felt like a time traveler, discovering the roots, branches and web of humanity that could very well be connected to all of us.
The story follows the bloodlines of 2 half sisters (of a common mother but unknown to each other) born into the Fante and Asante tribes in Ghana. The descendants of one remain in Ghana for 5 more generations, witnessing tribal wars and slave trades with the imperialist powers, while the children and grandchildren of the other sister live in captivity as slaves in the southern states of America. With each generation, we live through a new chapter in history. Rich, vivid and present. From the beginning of the slave trade to cotton fields in Alabama, coal mines in Birmingham, jazz clubs, Harlem and present day problems with racial profiling and incarceration. Every character is so real and tangible and you wouldn't care any less for one than any other. That's how amazing Gyasi's writing talent is.
Not only do you feel enriched with this deep dive into Black history in just 300 pages (which I think is crazy ambitious for any writer), but there's also something visceral about the storytelling. It's like listening to the anecdotes about your ancestors from a grandmother. Stories that are lost with time and through generations. And yet we always feel the weight of our roots and the burdens of our ancestry. It's a story of all humanity. It makes me think about why that piece of jewelry that's passed from mothers to daughters through generations, as a family tradition, has far more meaning than we realize. It's so that we can own a piece of our own history.
Homegoing A family diverges and miraculously after generations and continents, reconnects.
Exquisite Writing, Mind-boggling Story Yaa Gyasi moves across generations, illustrating the effects of the African slave trade of the family of two sisters. The amount of literary craftmanship to accomplish such a novel is astonishing, but what is even more impressive is how easily it is for the reader to sink into the words and become engrossed into the novel. A must-read.
Heart wrenching Heart wrenching story of two sisters and the paths their lives take as a result of slavery. Too many characters and very expansive so can be difficult to stay with.
Homegoing Excellent - totally different type of book on this subject. Unique approach and covers 5 different generations. Appears to be historically based.