Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Review - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Title: Homegoing
Author: Yaa Gyasi
Pages: 315
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 7th June 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Penguin Books (UK) and NetGalley*

Effia and Esi have never met but are sisters. Their lives go in different directions - one marries a slave trader, the other is sold into slavery.
Homegoing follows Effia and Esi's families for several generations and as they live their lives across different continents.

Homegoing was an emotional, thought-provoking read.
I enjoyed following Effia and Esi's families and seeing what happened to them, most of which was sad.
Reading the parts about the slave trade was upsetting. It's terrible to think that it actually happened.
The writing style was easy to follow and in a way I liked that we only saw snippets of each character's life, but I also wanted to find out more about them.
There were a few times where I forgot who was related to who.

Overall this was an unique, enjoyable read that I would recommend.