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July: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Hosted by the Consul of the Basel Books and Beyond Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 25 Jul 19:00 - 21:00

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Homegoing is the debut historical fiction novel by Yaa Gyasi, published in Protected content .

Each chapter in the novel follows a different descendant of an Asante woman, starting with her two daughters, who are half sisters, separated by circumstance: Effia marries James Collins, the British governor in charge of Cape Coast Castle, while her half-sister Esi is held captive in the dungeons below. Subsequent chapters follow their children and following generations.

The novel touches on several notable historical events, from the introduction of cacao as a crop in Ghana and the Anglo-Asante wars in Ghana to slavery and segregation in America.
Because of the novel's scope, which covers several hundred years of history and fourteen characters, it has been described as "a novel in short stories" where "each chapter is forced to stand on its own."