By Ky Books: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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I read this book in about 4-days which is shocking to me because I didn’t want to read it at all. Let me just say I REALLY enjoyed this book and learning that the author was my age was a proud moment for me. Homegoing is an amazing novel about our ancestry and the significance of returning back home, wherever home may be, in the case of these characters, Ghana. The book starts with Effia and Esi, half-sisters who were not only beautiful, but didn’t know each other existed until their familial histories were revealed to them by family members and foes. Unknowingly, their lives would cross paths through generations. The book takes place in both Ghana and America chronicling the trajectories of both Effia and Esi’s descendants as they navigate tribal wars, slavery, Jim Crow South, Chain Gangs, British Imperialism, Drug Wars and Mental Health. The book navigates history through the eyes of its characters and bring us to a full circle moment at the end. Homegoing filled me up with pride. It made me want to go to Ghana to understand what my ancestors went through. Yaa Gyasi is such an excellent writer. Reading her work, you can only wonder how she’s able to articulate her words with such detail and vision. The characters she created have depth, their stories similar to my own. I can say with certainty this is one of the most captivating novel’s I’ve read. Although our culture and history was taken from us, we should try to understand our family history from mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and  family friends before it dies with them.

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