Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)

Gyasi has concocted a cool conceit - two sisters from 1700s Ghana, separated, one headed to America on a slave ship, the other left behind, and how the path of history divides them before eventually and unknowingly reconnect them. I only give this away because - duh.  Only an idiot didn't see this coming.  It's not quite a symphony of Ghanian and African American history; more like a string quartet; light but occasionally dramatic, and quite interesting.  Can a book so short be called an epic?` In a world without Michener, this will have to do.

HomegoingHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gyasi has concocted a cool conceit - two sisters from 1700s Ghana, separated, one headed to America on a slave ship, the other left behind, and how the path of history divides them before eventually and unknowingly reconnect them. I only give this away because - duh. Only an idiot didn't see this coming.

It's not quite a symphony of Ghanian and African American history; more like a string quartet; light but occasionally dramatic, and quite interesting. Can a book so short be called an epic?` In a world without Michener, this will have to do.


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