Second Saturday Book Group

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Date(s) - 01/06/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Homegoing Yaa Gyasi

Each chapter in the novel, which covers around 500 years, follows a different descendant of an  African Asante woman named Maame, starting with her two daughters, separated by circumstance: Effia marries James Collins, the British governor in charge of Cape Coast Castle, while her half-sister Esi is held captive in the dungeons below, awaiting shipment to the American colonies. Subsequent chapters follow their children and following generations.  Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.

Why?  A new voice in the literary world, Gyasi shows consequences of the slave trade both in Ghana and the US by following a single family.   Remember Roots?