“Homegoing” Book Review

The Mad Raconteur

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is one of my favorite books of this year so far. The story centers on two half-sisters, Efia and Esi. The two share the same mother but are born from different villages in Ghana during the eighteenth century: the Assantes and the Fantes. While Efia is married to an Englishman, Esi is captured and held captive in the Cape Coast Castle’s dungeon. Efia, meanwhile, resides in the castle, unaware of the violence that is occurring within the dungeons. In each chapter, we follow the descendants of Efia and Esi, learning about the effects that slavery had on the U.S. and Ghana.

I first heard of the book while reading an article from Entertainment Weekly. I’ve learned not to completely trust Entertainment Weekly when it comes to books after reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Despite its review, I did not enjoy the book. I…

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