#BlackGirlLit: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

December 8, 2017
December 8, 2017 Maya Carr

Homegoing is a New York Times bestseller by Yaa Gyasi and begins with the story of two half sisters, Effia and Esi, born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. They are separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver.

Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel was informed by her very own journey as a Ghanaian-American. In 2009, during her sophomore year in college, Yaa Gyasi’s visited her native country, 18 years after her family moved to the United States. During her there she toured the Cape Coast Castle, with an initial goal to conduct research for a novel about a mother and daughter, that later developed into an account of slavery’s legacy. Homegoing was also one of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016 and NPR’s Debut Novel of the Year.


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