Thursday 12 October 2023

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi *****

This book tells the story of two sisters who were both born on the coast of West Africa during the Transatlantic slave trade. Effia remains in Africa, while Esi is sold into slavery. Homegoing follows their lineage down to the 5th generation. Each chapter of the novel is focused on one of their descendants, with some sort of comparison to help you understand what life is like for the people who were sold into slavery and the ones who stayed behind.

In my opinion, Esi's family story is heartbreaking. The transatlantic slave trade was brutal, even when it was supposedly "over", the Jim Crow Law kicked in, making life even more unbearable.

Yaa Gyasi is a beautiful storyteller. Her debut novel is compelling, a page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat, even the effect of the story lingered in my body and mind for days after reading.

I highly recommend Homegoing.

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