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Homegoing is the debut historical fiction novel by Yaa Gyasi. Each chapter in the novel follows a different descendant of an 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 helped captive in the dungeons below. Subsequent chapters follow their children and following generations. The novel was selected in 2016 for the National book foundation; the national book critics circle’s John Leonard Award for his best first book and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas prize in 2017. The novel starts with a fire set by Mamme, an Asante woman enslaved by Cobbe for the Fante people. Maame set the fire to escape and return home, but in the chaos she left behind Effia, her newly born baby who was fathered by Cobbe. Effia grows up resented by Cobbe’s Wife Baaba, who plots to have Effia catch the eye of James Collins, the governor of Cape Coast Castle appointed by the British to run the slave trade. In the second chapter, after Maame returned home, she married the big man of the village and together they had a daughter. Later the chapter traces the stories of Effia’s and Esi’s descendants, alternating between the two branches of the family, with one chapter for one descendant in each generation. Effia’s descendants largely stay around Gold Coast in what is now Ghana, and Esi’s descendants have settled in America. The novel touches on several notable historical events, from the introduction of cacoa as a crop in Ghana and the Anglo- Asante wars in Ghana to slavery and segregation in America. Because of the novel’s scope, which covers several hundred years of history and fourteen characters, it has been described as a “novel in short stories” where each chapter is forced to stand on its own.
About Yaa Gyasi:
Yaa Gyasi was born 1989. He is a Ghanaian American novelist whose debut novel, Homegoing, brought her, at age 26, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book for fiction and the National Book foundations “5 under 35” honors for 2016. Shortly after graduating from Stanford, she began her debut novel and worked at a startup company in San Francisco, but she did not began and resigned after she was accepted to lowa in 2012. Her debut novel homegoing was inspired by a 2009 trip to Ghana since leaving the country as an infant. The novel was completed in 2015, and after initial readings from publishers was met with numerous offers before she accepted a seven figure advance from Knopf.
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