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ENG 1710- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Welcome Leslie Robert's ENG 1710 Students!

This guide is designed for English 1710 students at Oakland Community College reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. We hope it will aid in your understanding of the book and allow you to explore it more deeply. For additional resources, Ask A Librarian.

About Homegoing

picture of Homegoing's book cover

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi -  "Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation". ----  Excerpt courtesy of the publisher. 

Find Homegoing in the OCC Library Catalog

See also: About the Author | Ghana & Colonialism | Middle Passage Slavery African American History | Drug Addiction/Prisons | Family

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