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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This book sounds very depressing.  Two sisters separated at birth in the Asante nation of Ghana.  This is an incredibly thought provoking book what features two sisters who are separated at birth.  Effia is married off to a white slave trader and her descendants both live with that legacy and remain in Ghana.  Esi is accused of wrongdoing and is sold into slavery.  This is where the multi-generational story begins and it spans 200 years over the course of seven generations.  It is like a book of interlocked short stories that tell the sorry of the family that stays in Africa and the one that goes into slavery and then comes out of it in America.  The book is a mere 300 pages but it goes more or less deeply into the issues that each faces, the short fallings and the potential benefits.  It is a bittersweet book, one that touches on sensitive issues without causing rancor, and for that it should be applauded.  It is beautiful in its writing and its storytelling, and it should be widely read.

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