"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi


TITLE: Homegoing

AUTHOR: Yaa Gyasi

PUBLISHER: Knopf

PUBLISHED DATE: June 7, 2016

ISBN: 978-1101947135

PAGES: 320

This is a highly ambitious debut novel, from 26 year old Yaa Gyasi. When Ta-Nehisi Coates calls your book "Epic" and "an inspiration"...people pay attention.

Which is why I may be the only person on the internet to say that this book didn't do it for me.

Now...I did listen to the audiobook, narrated by Dominic Hoffman, and that could possibly be why I hold such an unpopular opinion. This book spans generations. And I probably needed a print copy - just to take notes. At times it felt like topics and characters were unloaded and left...the African American story line seemed like a combination of novels I've already read. The parts I liked best was the beginning...the story of Ghanaian life during the tumultuous time of slave trading...Ghanaian women marrying British soldiers, yet remaining wenches...this book started off spilling tea and then fell into predictability. This book is everywhere right now, so whether you'd like to or not, you're probably going to read this book.

Recommendation: Read it - don't listen to it.

Audience: Millennials and Beyond

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