Are you anxiously trying to find a book to read before the weekend arrives? No fear! McCain Library has a great book for you!
Homegoing is the debut novel by young author Yaa Gyasi. This novel tells the story of two half-sisters born in Ghana in the 1700s and the lives of their descendants. The sisters, both raised in different cities, unaware that the other exists, live two drastically different lives. Effia marries an Englishman while the other sister, Esi, is enslaved and transported to the Americas. Homegoing follows the lives of their descendants through eight generations in which they must learn to survive warfare, slavery, British colonization, coal mines, and the prejudices that corrupt both nations.
If you still are not sure that this is the book for you, check out what library staff had to say below.
“Homegoing is a short, impactful book that anyone interested in history or creative writing should read. Yaa Gyasi was only 26 when it was published and she began her research for the book her sophomore year of college. If she can do it, so can our Scotties!” Kacey Long, Librarian
“Homegoing is a captivating historical fiction novel that tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and the generations of Africans that followed. The tale truly captured my attention due to the diverse set of perspectives through which the story is told and how these narratives connect.” Remi Des-Ogugua, Student Assistant
“I read. I cried. I read some more. I cried some more. It was wonderful.” Angus, Full-Time Succulent/Part-Time Librarian