Beautifully written - hard but important read.
This is an incredibly rich novel about the many faces of slavery. It‘s great story telling, too. I got a little lost with the many characters that get to tell their story, at many different points in the timeline. But it must have been a huge undertaking to write, very impressive.
I could read an entire book about every single character in this novel. Wouldn't that be an amazing body of work by Gyasi?! Since that's unlikely to happen, I'll just have to be content with how much I enjoyed being taken on the interconnected journeys of so many different people. If you somehow haven't read this yet, you absolutely must!
On my last camping trip of the year and finally getting back to this one. I tried reading it quite a while ago but had too much going on in my life to concentrate and enjoy it. Now seems like the perfect time to dive back in.
My college is offering a lecture/discussion with Yaa Gyasi on Oct. 18 if anyone is interested in Zooming in for it. The mail said it‘s for alumni (me), friends (you), and family so I assume it‘s okay to share. Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5er2X1ruQ5CtiubAAhbpKw
Very beautifully written story of separation and slavery. Two sisters, Effia & Esi, came from the same mother but are destined to very different lives. The story follows the generations after them providing snippets of their lives and slavery in America.
Very enticing read! So much history, love, pain, separation in one book!
Wow. Such an amazing book - I cannot believe it is a debut novel. The book tells the story of two sister, Esi and Effia, who never meet and whose lives follow dramatically different paths. The plot is laid out in an incredibly clever and compelling way, managing to cover different generations and time periods well. This book is filled with sadness and anger, but also hope and love. I couldn't put it down.
This is a great book. Tells the story of a family split by circumstance through its characters, generation by generation. Really interesting and really thought-provoking. Also, very painful. I returned this to the library quickly because there was a waiting list but I regretted this as I would have re-read sections.
When you study history, you must always ask yourself, “Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have that figured out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect picture.“
I spent most of my day reading today, and I finished this brilliant book. Initially I didn't understand the pacing, but once I figured that out I found it very well done. It was illuminating, and certainly also heartbreaking at times. This author sure knows how to tell a story. While this might be fiction, many of the events that it portrays certainly aren't. I will read more by this author. #nationalreadabookday
This sat on my bookshelf for over a year before I really got into it, but once I did I found myself so drawn into the world and appreciated the span of years that the novel covered. The author quickly created vivid characters while covering so many lives and locations.
I ordered this cute bundle from Penguin! Which book should I read first?
Summer in the City by Fiona Collins
The Jettsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Beach by Alex Garland
Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott
I doubt that anything I say can or will do this incredible book justice. The recurring themes of fire, water, the way each chapter was a story in itself but ALL connected back to two sisters, the way Gyasi writes - I‘m blown away and my heart is equally full and broken too. Every single star possible for this book ♥️💔♥️
I‘m not quite sure how the author did this; sixteen individual stories spanning eight generations, each character so richly told, all in 300 pages. It is remarkably well written although needed my constant attention; I did at times lose track and had to keep referring back to the family tree. Showing a range of humanity, and the horrors of colonialism and slavery, this is absorbing and necessary reading.
I so enjoyed reading this with a book club, each of these mini-stories following the lives of descendants from 2 branches of a family tree as they are split by circumstance was very engaging and as they followed each family‘s path through the trials of their individual lifetimes served to highlight how the world changed or did not change through the generations. My only regret is that I wanted even more from each individual story! #SheSaid
The book follows two different families for generations from the 1700s to present day. Definitely worth the hype. I really enjoyed this book. The author covered a lot of time periods and difficult subjects, but it was so well written. It was a beautifully woven together story. May #bookspin book
I am so impressed that a debut author was able to move the story along so well, showing how family history lives on in later generations. Reading each person‘s chapter and then piecing together their story in the next generation was enjoyable. The stories in this book were challenging and often sad but the reading experience was fun. I liked Transcendent Kingdom but loved this.
And now we‘ve made it full circle #SheSaid.
What did you think overall? Was the conclusion satisfying? What were you expecting/anticipating for the ending?
I‘ll admit, I really thought they‘d find the other necklace buried in the Castle once the decided on the tour...
I really liked this. But every time you get engaged with a character, the narrative changes to someone else. Which isn't bad exactly but I felt unsatisfied by it. And my photo came out really weird but I kind of like it anyway.
#SheSaid with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa final discussion on Sunday
#BookSpinBingo square 3
Busy graduation weekend ahead and starting with just 1 hour yesterday, but still jumping in #20in4. Mainly want to finish Homegoing for #SheSaid discussion tomorrow. But also making it a #middlegrade weekend with lots of options.
#SheSaid We are working our way through this story and the individual stories aren‘t getting any easier. Always so poignant and so many tough decisions. I‘m very curious how she‘s going to end this book, how she‘s going to pull this one together.
#SheSaid Litsy is being funky today, so hopefully this goes through once and it won‘t repost twenty times.
TimTam laughed, a sound that rumbled like thunder built from the cloud of his gut and expelled through the sky of his mouth.
DISCLAIMER: THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BOOK IS UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL. YOU WILL FALL INTO IT 🥰
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Excited to read more of "Homegoing" and hoping to finish "Blackout" in the next few days
"The Silence of the Lambs"
Trying to keep interest in my #russianliterature #readharder challenge for the year
Most excited about the tagged book!!
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Ok #SheSaid it‘s time for a new book and new discussion!
How are you feeling about this one? I have to admit I had a hard time putting it down after this week‘s section.
So much can ride on such a simple change in fate.... for generations and generations...