Book Club Discussion: Homegoing

Welcome to the Book Club discussion for Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Below is a list of discussion questions to get the conversation started. We are excited to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Feel free to answer all the questions, or pick and choose a few questions to discuss!

  • Why do you think that the author chose the word Homegoing for the title? What is a homegoing and where does it appear in the novel?
  • What role does marriage play within the cultures represented in the novel and how are the women treated as a result?  In its depiction of the collective experiences of the female characters, what does the book seem to reveal about womanhood?
  • Why do you think the author assigned a chapter to each of the major characters? Does any single point of view seem to stand out among the rest or do you believe that the author presented a balanced point of view?
  • What significance does naming have in the book? Why do some of the characters have to change or give up their names?


Questions from publisher’s website.

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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 Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.