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The Resource Homegoing

Homegoing

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Homegoing
Title
Homegoing
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Yaa Gyasi
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eng
Summary
Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book PrizeA New York Times 2016 Notable BookOne of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016NPR's Debut Novel of the YearOne of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016“Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day. Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation
Summary
Homegoing opens in 18th-century West Africa and introduces two half-sisters whose fates could not be more different. There's Effia, who becomes the mistress of a British slave-trader, and Esi, who survives the Middle Passage only to live out her days in bondage on an American plantation. In the centuries that follow, Effia's family experiences the destructive legacies of British imperialism and warfare between the Fante and Asante people, while Esi's descendants live through the Civil War, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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  • LibraryReads Favorites, 2016.
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2016
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • ALA Notable Book, 2017.
  • Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, 2017.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Adult Debut, 2017.
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Dewey number
813.6
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no index present
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910
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fiction
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Homegoing
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BAKER_TAYLOR:0017756031
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9781101947142
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Homegoing
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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