Recommended by Simon:
In my opinion, a simply brilliant first novel by Yaa Gyasi, a American of Ghanaian heritage. It was published in 2016 when she was just twenty six. This novel tells the story of two half sisters Effia and Esi- from what is now Ghana- and the very different lives they led. One was sold into slavery, and the other became the wife of a slave trader. It follows their lives, and those of their descendants, through several generations, up until the present day.
An absolutely fascinating- and often upsetting - book which portrays the horrors of the Slave trade in horrific detail. Much of the book is a depressing reminder of the inhumanity of The Slave Trade, and its continuing impact on the lives of so many. A compelling book.
A BBC Top 100 Novels that Shaped Our WorldEffia 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.
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. 'This incredible book travels from Ghana to the US revealing how slavery destroyed so many families, traditions and lives - and how its terrifying impact is still reverberating now.
Gyasi has created a story of real power and insight' Stylist, the Decade's 15 Best Books by Remarkable WomenSelected for Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2017Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First BookShortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Shortlisted for the Beautiful Book Award 2017
Author(s): Gyasi, Yaa,
Date of Publication: 05/10/2017,
Pagination: 320 pages,
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd,
Published By: Penguin Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Fiction & related items,