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Homegoing is the community read chosen by Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia for the National Endowment of the Art's Big Read 2022-2023. Find out more about the Big Read here.
Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation.
Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in English and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut novel, Homegoing, became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016, she was selected as one of the U.S. National Book Foundation's 'five under 35' new writers to watch.
ATL Reads Book Club welcomes all who enjoy reading a variety of genres. We are a “no commitment” book club—some people come every month and others occasionally.
Registration is required for online access. Registration closes at the start of the program.
(This month we are meeting on the second Tuesday of the month due to the upcoming holidays.)