Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/10/2017
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Important and full of feeling
I wanted to read this book as it was our Book of the Month. It is a book about slavery in all its evil forms but also about the legacy of slavery which c... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
Beautiful and Memorable
I was recommended this by a customer who is a real expert on brilliant fiction, and it lived up to his enthusiastic praise. The structure of the novel is w... READ MORE
Cat at York
An accomplished, enlightening debut
Beginning with the diverging fates of two sisters who will never meet, Homegoing traces the ways that slavery affects two very different families over mult... READ MORE
Jodie at Merry Hill
Brilliant debut
I cannot fault this book, I really thought it was amazing. A cast of characters that are so believable it feels wrong to describe them as characters, ever... READ MORE
A beautiful telling of the reverberations of the slave trade down the generations.
Homegoing is an incredibly rich novel exploring the varied stories of the descendants of two 18th century Asante half-sisters, one married to a British sla... READ MORE
Kate Millington
A rich and inspiring tapestry of characters and history.
I was absolutely compelled by this novel. Each chapter follows a new generation of two lines of the same family, and so the book reads almost like a collec... READ MORE
One of the Most Important New Writers
This is the story of two sisters centuries ago on the African continent - one who becomes enslaved and one who remains. Each chapter is a different point o... READ MORE
Courtney Bateman


The night Effia Otcha was born into the musky heat of Fanteland, a fire raged through her father’s compound. It moved quickly, tearing a path for days. It lived off the air; it slept in caves and hid in trees; it burned, up and through, unconcerned with what wreckage it left behind, until it reached an Asante village. There, it disappeared, becoming one with the night. 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. As each chapter offers up a new descendant, alternating between Effia’s and Esi’s bloodline right up to the present day, a chasm of experience and the differing legacies of chance are brought starkly to light. 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241975237
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 223g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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Thought provoking
Easy to read. Hard to put nown. Thoroughly enjoyable. Starting in Ghana the story shows how decisions we make impact the future generations. Each chapter... READ MORE
Where do I begin with this book. I was in awe from the first page. Gyasi’s ability to seamlessly capture the essence of family over generations is poetic. ... READ MORE
Elaine Tate
An Amazing Reading Experience
Okay wow! This is now potentially one of my top 10 favourite books of all time. It’s everything I hoped it would be and more! Two half-sisters, Effia and... READ MORE
A troubling but immensely informative novel
Read this for my reading group. This was well-written taking us on the very painful history of two sisters and their descendants. It was, however, also ver... READ MORE
Sue Saunders
Utterly sublime reading
I came across this book after a recent episode of This is Us featured Rebecca and Randall discussing it. Both Randall and Rebecca confessed to sobbing at a... READ MORE
Powerful and moving
Loved this book and have bought several copies to give to friends and family. An important, emotional read.
Amy Lewis
Worth reading, but...
I’d be lying if I said I enjoyed this book. It was worth reading, and I learned a lot, but I was glad to reach the end. An epic spanning several generation... READ MORE
Lesley Jane
One of the best books I’ve read. Unbelievable it’s a debut
I have the biggest book hangover after finishing this. This is a painful, immersive, beautiful, compassionate and important read. I can’t wait for her next... READ MORE
Ellie Hudson
Challenging read but very interesting
I have learnt a lot through reading this book! A lot of interesting stories about the slave trade which I didn’t know a lot about before this novel. The st... READ MORE
Sophie  Ll
Stunning, epic story of generations
This book completely enthralled me from the first page. As a white woman, I'm trying to further educate myself on matters of race and have been reading as ... READ MORE
Gaby R-W
A moving historical read
I would describe Homegoing as a book of short stories all linked together starting off in the Gold Coast (now known as Ghana) during the mid-1700's with tw... READ MORE
Emma Louise Smith
Breathtaking in its breadth
A breathtaking generational saga, sweeping down the family lines of two half-sisters, beginning in Ghana and ending in modern day USA. We visit poor, Afric... READ MORE
Best fiction book I’ve ever read.
I am definitely not a fiction lover and I often try to avoid fiction books. Having said this, I can easily say this is one of the best books I’ve read. The... READ MORE
Tatiana Cunha
An eloquent and heartbreaking read
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, is an eloquent novel that tells the story of 2 sisters, Effia and Esi, who are separated at birth. Their stories follow very diffe... READ MORE