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Yaa Gyasi, "Homegoing"

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  • 2 years ago

Born in Ghana, raised in Alabama, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Gyasi draws on her heritage in this remarkable debut novel, which opens in 18th-century Ghana and follows the lives of two half-sisters. Born in neighboring villages and unknown to each other, Effia and Esi live out two distinct historical trajectories. Effia marries an Englishman and lives in a castle. Esi, after imprisonment in the castle’s dungeon, is shipped overseas as a slave. Then come civil wars, post-colonialism, the Great Migration, and the narrative winds its way to 20th-century Harlem.

Gyasi is in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench and Balm.

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