Anticipating … “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

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GyasiNot all of the hullabaloo over this book is a product of the endless speculation of just how much money Yaa Gyasi received as an advance! So, let’s move on…

As many have said, this book is going to become very well-known indeed. Why? Because it’s a majesterial piece of writing that attempts to chart the very different experiences of what Paul Gilroy has called “the Black Atlantic.”

From the publisher’s website:

“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.”

You can pre-order your copy now (with a 10% discount) by clicking on the image above. The release date is 7 June, 2016.

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