August Book Discussion: ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi

book cover "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi7:00 p.m.
August 23
Bill Library

Bill Library will host two book discussions this summer in place of the online discussions. We are participating in the fifteenth annual “One Book, One Region” (OBOR) featuring Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

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.

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.