Books

You might want to find out your family history (Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing review)

In the collection of TBR books, Homegoing was a gift. In reading the manuscript, one would discover that the standard of this book is to pass it on. For that reason, generation after generation, Millennials and GenZ and groups before, you realise that our lives are shaped by historical forces.

Homegoing begins in the late 18th century in an Asante village part of the Gold Coast which is now known as Ghana. Effia Otcher is traded by her father to a British slave trader named James as a bride for political reasons.  There’s Effia’s half-sister, 15-year-old Esi Asare. She was captured during an attack on her village and taken to the castle where Effia resides. In the chain of event, there are interrelated stories where families lose each other. Thus, the bloodlines of the two women are trailed over seven generations covering the connected pasts of America and Ghana up to the turn of the 21st century.

Gyasi’s debut novel is a testament of her talent. The impression of slaves running from their capturers, being free to being sentenced to hard labour is proof that slavery is a wound that never heals. The short-lived chapters and the characters within the pages allow the reader to visit a period in time in which they live. The novel captures the reader’s empathy, lured with short stories that highlight the social dimensions of slavery and racism of the segregated cultures.

This book would be a good place to start with the literary fiction genre for newbies. It’s an incredibly easy read. Words can’t express enough how much everyone needs to read this. It’s an eye opening read, heart-wrenching yet beautiful and honest. It’s totally worth every minute of your time.