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Homegoing
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
A riveting, kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: a novel about race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the wars of Ghana to slavery and the Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the American South to the Great Migration to twentieth-century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's novel moves through histories and geographies and captures--with outstanding economy and force-- the troubled spirit of our own nation. She has written a modern masterpiece.From the Hardcover edition.
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ChrysFey
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One of my favorite reads this year.

This books is a MASTERPIECE! 🔥 It spans eight generations from the Gold Coast of Africa to America, from the eighteenth century to the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

Homegoing should be required reading by EVERYONE, especially Americans and the British. Just sayin.

#blackliterature #blackfiction #blackauthors

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Bookpearl
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Secret Santa took on a whole new meaning this year, being in a new school district has been rewarding and seamless with a mix of exhaustion and excitement. When I opened my gift and met my Secret Santa I cried and knew that Homegoing will be the bridge that brings anyone who wants to join our teacher bookclub together. Today is our last day and then it‘s onto reading, hot tea, and endless PJ‘s until next year. Happy Holidays!

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klu13
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Really great trek thru history

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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I like to roll a day late 😂
#manicmonday @CBee @Librariana
📚 Homegoing (Gyasi) / Human Acts (Han)
✍️ Kang Han ❤️
🍿 Holiday (Winslow &Diaz) / Haw to Steal a Million (Hepburn)
🎤 Heart
🎶 Home (Dotan)

Chrissyreadit I saw Holiday and immediately Madonna was singing in my head- even though yours was for a movie 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Chrissyreadit oh yes!! Classic Madonna is the best Madonna! 4mo
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bookandbedandtea
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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This was difficult but fantastic.
#Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too 6mo
BarbaraBB I loved it too. 6mo
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losmith
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
Mehso-so

6/10

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reclusivepigeon
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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This was such a heartbreaking, hopeful, and moving book. It is a generational novel that spans over 200 years, with each chapter having a different POV. I‘ve never read a book told in this way and I really enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Melismatic
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Hit my Goodreads goal later than I expected.

This book was phenomenal. Accessible historical fiction that had heart, vulnerability, intensity.

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KadeLexical
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Extraordinary. It captures everything.

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kellyann28
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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My #bookspin book this month was Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and I'm so glad I finally picked this book up off my shelf! It is a heartbreaking (and also a little inspiring?) book that begins during slaving times in Ghana and follows a genealogy through multiple generations to current time. Highly recommend!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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Moll
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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A pick 1000 times over. What a magnificent work of art; I'm so impressed

Others on here have summed up why this is so brilliant far better than I can...I absolutely loved it

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Moll
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Not a bad place to spend reading on a Saturday afternoon🥰

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Moll
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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Cosy Sunday morning w/ tea, toast and a book😊 I've had social plans the last couple of evenings so today I'm enjoying some solo time before I take myself to the theatre later this evening😁

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Acoleman
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I always find it hard to read about some of the incredibly horrible way humans were treated. But this was beautiful written. You definitely need the family tree at the beginning and I referred to it often. It helped me to understand the deep rooted, generations long anger that some people feel. Feel like a learned a little perspective.

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Moll
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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Next up! This is my first #BookSpin book of the year and look at how LUSH the cover is😍 @TheAromaofBooks

AlysonCB Amazing book, one of my favourites of all time. Hope you enjoy 😁 11mo
Moll @AlysonCE Oh wow - big call; now I'm even more excited about it😍 Thank you😊 11mo
TheAromaofBooks That cover is gorgeous!!! 11mo
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Moll @TheAromaofBooks Isn't it!!😍💛🧡❤ 11mo
CuriousG I could read a whole novel about every single character/chapter in this book. It is amazing! 11mo
Moll @CuriousG 100%!! 11mo
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SweetP1967
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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Such a powerful group of stories, each having a link to the past and their heritage. The parallel stories between Africa and America was terrific.

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readingjedi
Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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What a powerful book this is! Where to start unpacking all that's found here? I was particularly impressed by the structure - initially frustrated by the fact I just got into a character's story when it moved on, I then realised that was the point! Gyasi is showing that the individual stories make the whole, that trauma is generational, that there is a link between past and present! Loved the fire & water imagery especially how ... ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi From above... they came together at the end, signalling hope & redemption. Loved that, despite the horror & sadness, there is love & resilience. Not even touched on the themes of slavery & the immigrant experience!!! A quite amazing book. 12mo
DivineDiana I was so moved by this book that I recommended for my IRL Book Club, which I rarely do. 12mo
Suet624 Beautiful review. 12mo
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marleed
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I‘m so glad I finally read this epic story. When I realized the lead in my current chapter would be a supporting character to their descendant(s) in the next chapter, I didn‘t want my current chapter to end. I became so immersed in each character that I just wanted to stay there and keeping learning about that character.

vivastory One of my favorite readings at KC plaza library was Gyasi 12mo
Suet624 I loved this book. I‘m so glad you did too. 12mo
marleed @vivastory oh what a wonderful experience that must have been! 12mo
marleed @Suet624 So Good! 12mo
marleed @TheAromaofBooks I forgot to tag this book as my February 2020 #DoubleSpin! 12mo
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readingjedi
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Starting this one tonight. Been on my Kindle for nearly 4 years .... to my mind this is a fairly new book that I've got round to remarkably quickly!

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Kshakal
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚🧡 13mo
Eggs Beautiful ❤️💛🧡 13mo
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Hillea2
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
Mehso-so

Beautifully written - hard but important read.

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CuriousG
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Overall, the vast majority of my read books this year were remarkable. I only read 32, yet picking a top five was incredibly difficult. All very difficult subject matter but so necessary. I encourage everyone to read these if you haven't already. #endofyear #top5 #top5of2021 #2021 #2021roundup

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StellaB
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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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.

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CuriousG
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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!

TheSpineView Your rug looks familiar. I think I have the same one in my family room. 1y
CuriousG @TheSpineView Is yours a Ruggable? Mines a bit dirty right now...time to throw it in the washing machine! 1y
EvieBee Yes! So well said! Such a good book. I find the subject difficult to read so I appreciate that she cut things off just as they were getting unbearable. (edited) 1y
TheSpineView @CuriousG I have no idea. I bought it so long ago I can't remember. 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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CuriousG
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"...if we go to the white man for school, we will just learn the way the white man wants us to learn. We will come back and build the country the white man wants us to build. One that continues to serve them. We will never be free."

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MelKelsey
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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3.5

Book 120

I listened to Homecoming, a story about slavery and the slave trade. It's well-written and educational. I recommend reading it rather than listening to it.

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MandyB
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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There wasn't any part of this book that I didnt love, it was so beautifully written, the journey it takes you on through the lives of the characters, it was so gripping. #generations

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CuriousG
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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.

EvieBee That‘s a good one! I hope you enjoy it. 1y
CuriousG @EvieBee About halfway through - love it so far! 1y
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BookNAround
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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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

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mackelie
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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!

StellaB I keep seeing this in my library app. Thank you for your review, it makes me want to read it, so I‘ve just borrowed it 🙂 1y
mackelie @StellaB It‘s a really great book! I will definitely read it again at some point! 1y
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Dalaine
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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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.

IuliaC This one's on my list too, glad you enjoyed it 👍 1y
Dalaine @IuliaC it really was so good! I want to read her other work now too :) 1y
IuliaC Me too, I've also added "Transcendent Kingdom" to the list ? 1y
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bb623
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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This book makes me really appreciate the friend who recommended it. Homegoing is beautiful: it breaks your heart, makes you think, takes your breath away.

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carylwaite
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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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.

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BekaReid
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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.“

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bookishbitch
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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

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Maallen
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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.

Merethebookgal I read this one years ago and still think about it a lot. I could have read a book following each character! 1y
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mackelie
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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

Ruthiella I suggest you start with Homegoing! 😀 1y
mackelie @Ruthiella I guess I have too! 😃😃 that‘s the book I was mostly interested in but The Beach sounds good too! 1y
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callielafleur
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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5⭐ Incredibly moving, wonderfully written. Devastating and important.

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callielafleur
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Waiting for my breakfast and reading this wonderful book. #readathon #reversereadathon #deweysreadathon

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s so good! 2y
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Ghana

5⭐️
Everyone should read this book to understand the world we live in now and how everyone can do better.

Great book with lots of great quotes, lots of empathy and lots of heart and soul.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4108210358

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CBee
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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 ♥️💔♥️

Prairiegirl_reading Hard to believe it‘s her debut and she is so young!! I loved this one too. 2y
CBee @Prairiegirl_reading she has such talent. Have you read Transcendent Kingdom? Must get to that one. 2y
rachaich Brilliant book. I didn't like Transcendent Kingdom as much but probably because this was so fantastic. 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading @CBee I ordered it immediately but haven‘t read it yet. It keeps getting bumped down my pile. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
CBee @rachaich I‘m worried it might not live up to this one! 2y
CBee @Prairiegirl_reading same 😂😂 2y
catheyb I really anticipated this book and found it does not quite live up to its hype. I enjoyed it very much, but not enough to recommend to friends. 2y
CBee @catheyb to each his/her own 😊 looks like you‘re new to Litsy? Welcome! (edited) 2y
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Ghana

Wow July already how did that happen? I will be reading the tagged book this month.

What are everyone else‘s plans?

rockpools I‘ll probably change my mind before I get to it, but this is what I‘m thinking at the moment: 2y
rockpools And I did enjoy Homegoing! 2y
sprainedbrain Homegoing is so good! I have her follow up to that one: 2y
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BookwormM @rockpools @sprainedbrain glad my choice is well loved looking forward to diving in 2y
Currey @BookwormM @rockpools @sprainedbrain Agreed, Homegoing is definitely a pick and I am going to try and read her second book this month but I didn‘t think it would count for Ghana as it evidently largely takes place in Alabama. 2y
sprainedbrain @Currey I was afraid it might be a stretch… 2y
Simona I‘m reading 2y
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CBee
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Talk about a lightning strike moment for me. This is how is should be, yet it isn‘t. “Everything is everything.”
Just blown away by her writing.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🏔🙌🏻 2y
Eggs 👏🏻🧡📚❤️👍🏼 2y
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amyf0x
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The story of two lines of descendants begins in Ghana with the slave trade and ends in America in present day, telling the intricate story of each relative.

Read June 10-18
Rated 4/5 ⭐️
Book 30/60

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JillR
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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.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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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

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ncsufoxes
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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

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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megnews
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Historical fiction following two branches of a family, one survivors of the slave trade to the US and the other remaining in west Africa. Well done and recommended.

#SheSaid

DivineDiana I second your recommendation. Excellent! 2y
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