Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi


By Yaa Gyasi

  • Release Date: 2016-06-07
  • Genre: African American
Score: 4.5
From 221 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.


  • 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.
  • Simply amazing

    By Steezy_b
    I devoured this book from cover to cover. Exquisite writing. The author does an impeccable job at bringing everything full circle.
  • Amazing

    By Mshereef
    Amazing read
  • Beautiful

    By Smartpaws
    An amazing story from start to finish.
  • Homegoing

    By Mussicforall
    One of the best historical reads ever!! I was transported, tasted, smelled, saw, and could feel every single place, emotion, sights, food- It was like taking a time travel trip through history. So enlightening, no matter what your skin color, or belief system is. Best book I've read in a very, very, long time. Do your mind a favor, and read this incredible journey of a story!
  • Rich and captivating

    By Anthony1234567891
    Rich because it gave me a better understanding of our history and heritage. Captivating because of the all the details that made up the stories. I got to know all the characters and see their struggles and suffering for the freedom we have today. What a price they paid...
  • A great read!

    By Stillwater
    Either AC novel or a group of connected short stories... Either way, a treasure!
  • Thank you

    By Beaujetto
    I listen to so many audiobooks and I was impressed with this book and the narrator. So indepth and the ending was a perfect finish to a perfect story that had me mad, happy, sad, every emotion. Thank you to the author I am waiting for your next big thing!
  • This Book is Amazing

    By Swfithook93
    Being from Ghana,this book brought a smile to my with every page I read. Did not want to put it down Ever
  • Loved this book

    By Libragirl158
    I just finished this amazing book today. I loved it the characters felt so real and seeing how everyone was connected was great. I was recommended of this book by buzz feed and I am so glad I read it. I will be recommending it to many others
  • Amazing!

    By sydshelton
    Homegoing is a must read! Especially if you've ever been fortunate enough to visit Ghana and tour the Cape Coast Slave Castle. I couldn't put this book down. It was very eye opening and much needed. Thank you.
  • Incredible!

    By Such a consumer
    An awesome, gripping book. When I got to the end, I wept...in part because I didn't want it to end. I want to read it again and I only just finished it. Beautiful!
  • Amazing story

    By Michal Ann
    This book has been compared to Roots. I think it’s better. Traces 2 families from slave to present times. Stories weave through the families, and cover an amazing amount of history. The author researched the historical facts, and I really enjoyed it. With all the racial unrest in the world, I think this was a very timely book. I highly recommend it.
  • Amazing

    By FaithFilled&Thankful75!
    Many thanks to Yaa Gyasi for crafting such an amazing piece of work.