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  • Published: 1 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241242728
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99

Homegoing




She worked in the field. It was not new to her. In Hell, she'd worked the land too. In Hell, the sun scorched cotton so hot it almost burned the palms of your hands to touch it. Holding those small white puffs almost felt like holding fire, but God forbid you let one drop.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.
Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.
%%%Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Book
Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.
Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.

  • Pub date: 1 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241242728
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99

Praise for Homegoing

“Homegoing is an inspiration”

Ta Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winning author of, Between the World and Me

“A stirringly gifted writer . . . magical . . . the great, aching gift of the novel is that it offers, in its own way, the very thing that enslavement denied its descendants; the possibility of imagining the connection between the broken threads of their origins”

Isabel Wilkerson, The New York Times Book Review

“The speed with which Gyasi sweeps across the decades isn't confusing so much as dazzling, creating a kind of time-elapsed photo of black lives in America and in the motherland . . . truly captivating”

Ron Charles, Washington Post

“Remarkable . . . compelling . . . powerful”

Rebecca Steinitz, Boston Globe

“Tremendous . . . spectacular . . . [Homegoing is] essential reading”

SF Chronicle

“A blazing success . . .”

Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times

“[A] commanding debut . . . will stay with you long after you've finished reading. When people talk about all the things fiction can teach its readers, they're talking about books like this”

Steph Opitz, Marie Claire


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