Homegoing is an intimate, gripping story of two sisters with two very different destinies, and how slavery destroyed so many families, traditions and lives.

A BBC Top 100 Novels that Shaped Our World

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other.

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.

‘This incredible book travels from Ghana to the US revealing how slavery destroyed so many families, traditions and lives – and how its terrifying impact is still reverberating now. Gyasi has created a story of real power and insight’ Stylist, the Decade’s 15 Best Books by Remarkable Women

Homegoing praises:
  • Selected for Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists 2017
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Book
  • Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the Beautiful Book Award 2017

Book information

ISBN: 9780241975237


Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 320

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