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Ghanaian Novelist Yaas Gyasi Stuns The Public Eye With Her Debut “Homegoing”

February 4, 2020

Yaa Gyasi, born in Ghana, is a novelist and the author of „Homegoing“a novel exploring family ancestry, the impact of the transatlantic slave trade, and generational trauma. Homegoing“ won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best first book and the American Book Award in 2017.

Homegoing from Yaa Gyasi

The award-winning debut novel by Yaa Gyasi is a magnificently written story about lineage and circumstance. The tale begins in 1770s Ghana with two half-sisters, each unaware of the other, whose destinies diverge completely — one marries a high-ranking Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the luxurious rooms of the Cape Coast Castle, while the other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

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Gyasi’s thoughtful, expressive story takes readers on a journey from the sisters’ parallel lives through the generations of their descendants to the present day. The book explores several themes, including slavery, colonialism, imperialism, segregation, women’s roles, identity, and heritage.

It goes from Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. 

Yak Gyasi and her book Homecoming

Yaa Gyasi’s exceptional novel spotlights slavery’s troubled legacy, both for those who were taken and those who stayed and shows how the memory of imprisonment has been carved on the soul of a whole nation.