Eternally grateful to @meetbookgirl for another beautiful book!
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a novel that manages to cover 250 years of slavery and colonialism in just over 300 pages. This begins by following the dual narratives of two different families in two different tribes - Fante and Asante. This initially focuses on two sisters, Effia and Esi, who were dealt two very different fates.
One sister continues to live in their home country of Ghana and marries a British soldier working in the slave trade, while the other sister is sold into slavery and is shipped to America against her will. The disparate paths the two sister's life were taken on sent reverberations down their entire family lines, and impacted each and every generation.
This is an incredibly moving multi-generational saga. Each generation had to deal with their own version of the racism encountered by their ancestors. To see how little humanity had evolved, in this respect, was deeply saddening.
The multitude of characters felt initially a little daunting and I wanted each character more time to tell their respective stories. I honestly could have read 1,000 more pages if it meant I got to further explore each character and each time period, and to give the closure I craved for, to each of their stories.
This is such a powerful story that felt almost overwhelming in the sorrow it imparted to the reader. I often felt sickened by what humans have inflicted on their own race, purely because of their skin colour. Despite every ounce of sadness this drained from me, I would read it all over again for the power and the importance of this book. And I think it is only right to complete this review with a quote from the book, that sums up exactly why: "We believe the one who has the power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So, when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice would come forth?" 5/5 🌟