#60 — Homegoing

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Rating: 5/5
  • A comprehensive fictional story about the effects of slavery through 2 related families and 7 generations
  • The book not only talks about slavery in the United States but also about the Europeans and Africans who participated in and perpetuated the slave trade
  • Each chapter represents different characters at different points in time; therefore, it’s inevitable and almost expected that characters become archetypes. This is a no-win situation for the author — do you represent the minority or the majority of people’s experiences? What does a universal experience mean, when some of these events happened so far in the past or are so immersed in the present that it’s hard to see the bigger picture?
  • The concept was ambitious, and despite having to conform to a strict structure that could be limiting, it was done well