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Homegoing - A great debut

Updated: Jul 29

Am a part of #readingblackstories readathon this month. In this prompt we are to read Historical Fiction by Black Author, for which I chose Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, an Ghanaian-American author.

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The beauty of this book lies entirely on its unique writing style. Honestly speaking I haven't read anything like this before! This story starts with 2 half sisters Effia and Esi. One being married to British Governor who is overlooking the slave trade in Cape Coast and other being a slave herself.

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Thus, the sisters get swept up by the wind without knowing each other. The rest of the story follows each generation from Effia & Esi alternatively. One chapter will be the POV of parent and the next will be of the Child. In this way, this book holds the story of almost 7 to 8 generations!

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Also, it is rich in Historical Facts, where we are shown the two sides of the slavery. How African tribes turn on each other and help Britishers in capturing and selling them, to the worst fate that the slaves have to meet to survive on a land they don't belong.

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For sure recommending this to anyone who is interested in History. I rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


If you wish to buy the book click here. It is Amazon Affiliated link. The price will be same but if you get though this I will get some commission :)

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