Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi || Reading Vlog & Book Review || Historical Fiction, No Spoilers

May 31, 2020

Homegoing (2016) is a powerful piece of historical fiction spanning three hundred years of slavery through seven generations, starting with two half sisters in eighteenth-century Ghana whose destinies are vastly different. Effia marries a British slave trader called James Collins and lives a comfortable life in the luxurious Cape Coast Castle, while Esi is imprisoned in cramped, squalid conditions in the castle’s dungeon before being sold with thousands of others into the slave trade and shipped off to work on plantations in America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised.

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