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Yaa Gyasi Reads From Her New Novel Homegoing
Date Wednesday June 22
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley CA 94704
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorRevolution Books
Yaa Gyasi reads from her new novel Homegoing

Homegoing traces three hundred years in Ghana and in the U.S. Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery.

One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day.

Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.
Added to the calendar on Friday Jun 10th, 2016 9:59 PM

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