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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman.
Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.
Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi, from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and, through their lives, the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.
©2016 Yaa Gyasi (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tapiwa Shamu on 10-30-17

Must read!<br />

One of my favorites. Well researched and written! Highly recommend it. Gives an insight to the beginning of slave trade. Eye opening.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sonya on 08-09-17

Feminist reading and trusting your audience

I thought it was a lovely concept, whose execution is far better when read aloud. In terms of story there were a couple of issues:

Firstly, the author at times, particularly towards the end, spells out the purpose of the story, and makes the symbolism too obvious. I wish the author trusted her readers more and allowed us so piece it together.

Secondly, I wish her female protagonists were less conventional and that her interpretation of them was more feminist. Most of their concerns are finding men or with children, something that is a little tired.

However, ultimately it was a lovely read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By FEAA on 01-08-17

One of the best book I have ever read

Would you listen to Homegoing again? Why?

Yes. It was a fantastic , well thought out and well narrated novel. I felt like I was being read a history lesson on many levels containing both personal and national events. So well written and narrated. A fantastic well executed idea. Made me want to research my history further and take my children to Ghana.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Homegoing?

Without spoiling the book I thought the ending was perfect. Not expected but the only way it could have ended.

Have you listened to any of Dominic Hoffman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. First but thought he was brilliant and handled most accents with ease.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The book made me smile and cry.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure this book will become a classic and can't wait for more from the author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie MacNeill on 02-13-17

One of the most beautiful books I've ever read

This novel is a beautifully crafted piece of artwork. A colourful tapestry, encompassing the history of seven generations of two strains of the same family. Each of the 14 chapters tells the story of one member of each generation. The characters are wonderfully rounded even though we only know them for a fairly short time. When we return to the next generation however. We do hear a little more of the previous generation, I. E. The parents of the character in question. The two different branches of the family separate but are finally reunited. I cannot say any more than this without giving it away. I did wonder about the title, and this only became evident at the very end of the book. The theme is slavery down the ages and it's after-effects throughout the generations until the present day. It is heartwarming in parts, tragic in others. A very vibrant story! This is certainly one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I would highly recommend it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kelly Roper on 03-22-18


This story was all over the place! Confusing and disjointed. Constantly jumping from one story to another.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-10-17

Beautifully crafted

A well crafted novel - beautifully read. Evocative and thoughtful. Definitely worth the time. Loved it.

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