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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a novel in stories about the Atlantic slave trade and its aftermath. The novel begins with the stories of two African half-sisters of the Fante and Asante tribes: Effia and Esi. Effia is born in the late 18th century in Fanteland on Africa's Gold Coast, on the night of a devastating fire near her father's compound. Her adoptive mother, Baaba, immediately resents her, because Effia is the daughter of her father Cobbe's house girl.
In 1775, when Effia is young, British soldiers from the Cape Coast Castle come to the village. Effia wants to marry Abeeku Badu, who is in line to be chief. But to prevent Effia from marrying him, Baaba tells Effia that she must hide the blood from her first period. She knows that as long as people think Effia is premenstrual, she won't be permitted to marry a Fante man, per tribal customs.
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The most enjoyable aspects of listening to the Summary of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi was the analysis of the themes. They are explained with clarity in a way I had felt but missed when I listened to the book. Often, one rushes while listening to an audiobook without paying too much attention to the larger themes. The summary explains the landmark themes of this journey. One would be helped to listen to the summary before listening to the book so one would not get lost among the vast cast of characters, settings, and periods.