If you like to combine page turning stories with expanding your knowledge of the world (even when it reveals the darker and disappointing sides of humanity and our history) then Homecoming By Ghanaian writer Yaa Gyasi is a must read for your summer. And yes, we know we promised you summer reads for #FridayReads through the summer but we promise despite its intensity we consider it an ideal beach, airplane or travel read because of it’s gorgeous writing and incredible story telling.
A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel. Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
Gyasi, a 26-year-old Ghanaian writer who grew up in Alabama (and a recent graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop) tackles race and identity in her debut novel. The book traces the descendants of two half-sisters born in 18th-century Ghana, who go on to lead very different lives. One thread follows the Gold Coast slave trade, tribal warfare and British colonisation, while the other moves from the cotton plantations in America to modern-day Harlem. Vogue says “No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalised in this country, Yes that sounds heady, deep and hard but we promise this read is both beautiful and eye opening in