Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
"You must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story, too."
This beautifully written tale of two Ghanaian half-sisters is a must-read. Springing from a raging fire, Homegoing follows the descendants of Effia and Esi as their lives diverge and intersect on opposite sides of the Atlantic, in ways not always understood by the protagonists. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, but beyond that it is a harrowing look at how personal heartbreak is inseparable our histories and the pain that is wrought from being torn from our homes, even generations down the line.
Homegoing is an intricate saga of two families at once connected and disjointed, interlaced in ways unseen. Spanning from 18th century Ghana to 1960s Harlem to 2000s on America's West Coast, this sweeping novel is a lesson in family, history, and home.
Recommended for: The young leader looking to connect the dots between the personal and the historical.