In September, our Open Book Club will read and discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
Homegoing is the story of two half-sisters, Esi and Effia, who are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Separated by forces beyond their control: Esi is sold into slavery while Effia marries a British slaver. What follows are the stories of the next generations: Effia’s descendants live through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization, and Esi and her children go to 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, Homegoing makes history visceral and captures how the legacy of slavery leads into the present day.