Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
"Homegoing" is a historical fiction novel written by Yaa Gyasi, published in 2016. The book tells the story of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, who are born in 18th century Ghana, and the descendants of their families over the next 300 years. The novel explores the themes of family, identity, and the legacy of slavery and colonialism.
The book is a powerful and evocative portrayal of the complexities of family history and the impact of slavery and colonialism on the African continent. Gyasi's writing style is both elegant and evocative, and her ability to capture the nuances of family dynamics and the impact of the past on the present is remarkable. The novel is set in Ghana and it offers a unique perspective on the cultural and societal complexities of the African continent.
Homegoing has received widespread critical acclaim and it was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award. It has been praised for its powerful and evocative portrayal of the complexities of family history and the impact of slavery and colonialism on the African continent. Critics have noted Gyasi's unique and nuanced exploration of the themes of family, identity, and the legacy of slavery and colonialism, and the way she weaves together personal and collective history.
The novel is considered an important contribution to the literary canon of African-American literature and it has been compared to the works of Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and James Baldwin.