Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi is ambitious in her scope as she covers over three hundred years of storytelling in Ghana and the United States of America. The book follows seven generations of two branches of a family tree starting off with half-sisters Effia and Esi. Effia marries an Englishman in Gold Coast and manages in this way to secure her family line to Ghanaian soils. Her sister, Esi, on the other hand is shipped off to the United Sates where she and those who come after her suffer greatly under slavery.

With different settings in Ashantiland, Fanteland, present day Ghana and the United States the book compassionately talks of the horrors of the history of the slave trade and its ever present impacts in Ghana and the USA. A necessary book in reimagining the histories of the world and reconsidering the lens by which these histories are told.