Book Reveal: Homegoing

The second book option for our January “Beginnings” box is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasiโ€™s extraordinary novel illuminates slaveryโ€™s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayedโ€”and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.