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Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.
'Shows the unmistakable touch of a gifted writer' The New Yorker
'One of the richest, most rewarding reads of 2016' Elle
'Homegoing is one hell of a book... I recommend Homegoing without reservation. Definitely a must read for 2016.' -- Roxane Gay
'I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration' -- Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winning author of 'Between the World and Me
Wildly ambitious debut by a 26-year-old writer ... It's impossible not to admire the ambition and scope of Homegoing ... By its conclusion, the characters tales of loss and resilience have acquired an inexorable and cumulative emotional weight -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times
'A marvellous novel' Starred Publishers Weekly
'The brilliance of this structure, in which we know more than the characters do about the fate of their parents and children, pays homage to the vast scope of slavery without losing sight of its private devastation ... [Toni Morrison's] influence is palpable in Gyasi's historicity and lyricism; she shares Morrison's uncanny ability to crystalize, in a single event, slavery's moral and emotional fallout. What is uniquely Gyasi's is her ability to connect it so explicitly to the present day: No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalized in this country.' Vogue US
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Publication date5th January 2017
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PublisherViking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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