Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi


By Yaa Gyasi

  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Genre: African American
Score: 4.5
From 376 Ratings


Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016
NPR's Debut Novel of the Year
One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016
One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016

Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates 

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
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.


  • There’s too much sex in this book. It should be rated r.

    By Roman Natale
    This book is basically pornography.
  • Lost

    By nydivine
    I wanted to like this novel based on great reviews. It kept skipping generations and going back that I got lost and forgot who was who. This was boring. I stopped reading before half of the book. Just not for me.
  • Lengthy

    By woodec
    This author has a lot of potential , but I found this novel boring. Chapters skipped generations and then skipped backwards generations. It was difficult to follow the characters. Plot?? Not sure there was one . Historical references read like they came from Wikipedia.
  • I don’t see it

    By PDX rules
    Fragmented, boring content. A fire goddess? Come on. Way overrated.
  • Time and Place

    By Kofi Boone
    An astounding book. I am a black American with a Ghanaian name with no known lineage connecting me to Ghana. I have also led a Ghana Study Abroad program for a decade, and have navigated fire and water, in this book the sense of disconnection, the desire to connect, the questioning of traditions, the joy and pain of belonging. This book captures all of these feeling powerfully and eloquently. It’s propulsion through and time and place challenge both ideas; I finished recalling a timelessness and a placelessness that is at the core of critical reflection on identity and heritage. Thank you for this work.
  • Incredible

    By Awesome Chik
    I cannot express how much I loved this book. So you should buy it yourself and read it! Enjoy this incredible piece.
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

    By MattCardJack
    Assuming the research was done with the same quality as the writing, it is perhaps one of the most important historical novels I’ve read. Completely objective, amazingly creative, perfectly structured and gramatically flawless (which I greatly appreciate, even correctly used nauseated rather than nascious). I don’t know that I’ve enjoyed a book, or had my eyes opened by one more. Yaa, I am deeply grateful.
  • Amazing

    By NicKelKevDanChar
    This book, I couldn't stop reading it, I keep dreaming about it. It has changed the way I see things. Amazing.
  • Good novel

    By DKF75
    By going back to Africa and starting the story, the author makes this story more inclusive. She manages to capture a large gap of time without making you feel you want to know more about missing time periods. Her characters seem real and likable. You sense behind the story you are also getting a history lesson.
  • Amazing Novel

    By Kashay103
    I literally could not put this book down. Loved it.