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An edition of Homegoing (2016)

Homegoing

Sixth Printing
  • 4.60 ·
  • 10 Ratings
  • 121 Want to read
  • 6 Currently reading
  • 16 Have read
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Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Language
English
Pages
305

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A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.

Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi's magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.
--front flap

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Homegoing
2017, Charnwood
in English - First Charnwood Edition
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Homegoing
2017-04, Vintage Books
Trade Paperback in English - First Vintage Books Edition (10)
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Homegoing
2016-07, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - Sixth Printing
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Homegoing
2016-06, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - Third printing
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Homegoing
2016, Random House Large Print
Paperback in English - First Large Print Edition (1)

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New York

Edition Notes

A Borzoi Book

Copyright Date
2016

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.6
Library of Congress
PS3607.Y37 H66 2016
lccn_permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/2015039411

Contributors

Cover Design
Peter Mendelsund

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
305p.
Number of pages
305

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL26387338M
Internet Archive
homegoingnovel0000gyas
ISBN 10
1101947136
ISBN 13
9781101947135
LC Control Number
2015039411
OCLC/WorldCat
980876436
amazon.co.uk_asin
1101947136
British Library
BLL01018010891
Canadian National Library Archive
44710004
Goodreads
58459308

Work Description

Homegoing is the debut historical fiction novel by Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi, published in 2016. Each chapter in the novel follows a different descendant of an Asante woman named Maame, starting with her two daughters, who are half-sisters, separated by circumstance: Effia marries James Collins, the British governor in charge of Cape Coast Castle, while her half-sister Esi is held captive in the dungeons below. Subsequent chapters follow their children and following generations.

The novel was selected in 2016 for the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" award, the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for best first book, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2017. It received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for 2017, an American Book Award, and the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature.

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Excerpts

The night Effia Otcher was born into the musky heat of Fanteland, a fire raged through the woods just outside her father’s compound.
added by Lisa. "First Sentence"

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