Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi audiobook

Homegoing: A novel

By Yaa Gyasi
Read by Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Random House, Random House Audio 9781101947135
13.19 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780451484185

Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize A New York Times 2016 Notable Book One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016 NPR's Debut Novel of the Year One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016 One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016 “Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates  The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.             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.  Includes a PDF of the Family Tree

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

Winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award

Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature

A 2016 Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize Shortlist Selection

An Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year for 2016

Audie Award Winner for Best Narration in Literary Fiction

An Elle Magazine Pick for Best Summer Reads

An NPR Best Book of 2016

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A BookPage Top Pick for June 2016

A LibraryReads Pick for June 2016

Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
One of Oprah’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016
NPR's Debut Novel of the Year
One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016
One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016

Homegoing is an inspiration.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates 



The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
           
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. 

Includes a PDF of the Family Tree

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gyasi’s characters are so fully realized, so elegantly carved…She does not scold. She does not excuse. And she does not romanticize.” Ta-Nehisi Coates, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"One of the most fantastic books I've read in a long time...you cry and you laugh as you're reading it...a beautiful story Trevor Noah. New York Times bestselling author
“Narrator Dominic Hoffman does a masterful job…Hoffman’s deep baritone maximizes the myriad feelings at the heart of this sprawling historical tale…Hoffman’s performance captures the rhythms of West-African English, giving authenticity to the listening experience. This audiobook will keep listeners enthralled with these fierce heroines for hours.” AudioFile
“The arrival of a major new voice in American literature Poets & Writers
"Tremendous...spectacular...[HOMEGOING is] essential reading from a young writer whose stellar instincts, sturdy craftsmanship and penetrating wisdom seem likely to continue apace — much to our good fortune as readers. SF Chronicle
“The most powerful debut novel of 2016 . . . . Carrying on in the tradition of her foremothers—like Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Assia Djebar and Bessie Head—Gyasi has created a marvelous work of fiction that both embraces and re-writes history. Paste Magazine
"Each chapter is filled with so much emotion and depth and tackles so many different topics.... I didn't want to put it down. BookRiot
“A novel at once epic and intimate, capturing the moral weight of history as it bears down on individual struggles, hopes, and fears.” Phil Klay, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author
“A patchwork mastery of historical fiction.” Elle
“No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalized in this country.” Vogue
“A memorable epic of changing families and changing nations.” Chicago Tribune

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Author

Author Bio: Yaa Gyasi

Author Bio: Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 13.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English