Homegoing: A novel by Yaa Gyasi | Conversation Starters
Maame gives birth on the same night that she escapes her tribal captors, leaving her baby daughter behind. Effia grows up not knowing about her bloodline and is forced to marry an Englishman who manages the slave trade in the Gold Coast. Meanwhile, Maame marries another man from her own village and bears another daughter. Like her first daughter Effia, her second daughter Esi is separated from her through the forces of slavery.
While Effia stays in Ghana and bears children and grandchildren, Esi becomes the mother of many generations in America. Their stories progress through 300 years, bearing descendants who will one day meet in the same village where it all began.
Homegoing is the debut novel of Yaa Gyasi. It is the winner of the John Leonard Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. It is also the New York Times’ 2016 Notable Book, Oprah’s 10 Favorites, Time’s 2016 Top Ten Novels, and one of Buzzfeed’s Best Fiction of 2016.
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