Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

homegoingReviewed by: Bethany
Genre: Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Page count: 320 Pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes (25% off)

I feel like this book was released into the world at just the right time. I’ve never read a book that pairs so perfectly with what’s been happening in the news. I’m normally very skeptical when a book is receiving exaggerated amounts if praise, but this book definitely deserving of all of the hype.

The book follows the descendants of two sisters; one sister’s family stays in Africa and the other sister’s family is set in the south after being sold into slavery. It was really interesting to see how the effects of the slave trade affected each country as time progressed.

It’s almost like a collection of short stories – each chapter is from a new character’s perspective, though previous characters are often woven in as elders. The book slowly makes its way down the family tree until present day when the book’s title rings delightfully true.

Also, I decided to look up a few of the names in a baby name dictionary and discovered that most of the names (excluding those common names; James, Marcus, Marjorie, etc) had the meaning “born on this day”. From there, I did some googling and it sounds like it’s tradition for people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast to name their children this way. Being from Ghana herself, the author’s name is the female version of “born on a Thursday”. My name means “house of figs”, which is arguably less exciting. Isn’t this fun?! You should probably look up the meaning of your name, too.

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