Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: Homegoing

Homegoing Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lyrical and haunting, Homegoing is an epic tale of love, war, freedom, enslavement, and ultimately, family. Three centuries of life and death unfold beginning with the stories of Effia and Esi - half-sisters who are strangers to each other. Effia the Beauty is married to an Englishman, a slaver, and a life of comfort in the castle ensues. Esi is stolen from her village and imprisoned in the dungeons beneath the very castle her sister roams freely, to be sold and shipped to America. The generations of descendants that follow these two women are maps of history. American slavery, Civil War, northern Migration, segregation, civil rights, to modern day racial discord. British colonization in Africa, slave trade, and centuries of warfare.

A powerful read!!

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