Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is a perfect companion read to Underground Railroad, the “it” book of 2016. Like Colson Whithead’s novel, it tackles slavery, but from a slightly different perspective. It’s a tale of two sisters, one enslaved and one who remains behind in Ghana.
It’s beautifully written, powerful and devastating. If you haven’t read Homegoing yet, put it on your to-read list for 2018. You won’t regret it.
Gyasi appeared at the Dallas Book Festival in April 2017, and I had the chance to shake her hand and tell her I loved her book. (Cliché, I know, but true. And is there a writer alive who doesn’t like to hear that?) She’s so young! This is her first novel. I can’t wait to see what she does next.