One Book One Region: ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi

book cover "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi5:30 p.m.
Wednesday
June 14
CURE Innovation Commons, 93 Shennecossett Rd, Groton CT

The fifteenth annual “One Book, One Region” (OBOR) kickoff will take place at the CURE Innovation Commons in Groton, CT. The 2017 book, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, will be introduced to the audience at the event through video clips and a presentation by Connecticut College Professor of History Henryatta Ballah, who will provide historical context for the novel.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Book Summary:
In eighteenth-century Ghana two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: From the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. (Book Cover)

Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel traces the impact of the slave trade through generations of a single family and illuminates slavery’s horrific legacy and the impacts on those who were enslaved and those who were not.