I just finished my third book of the year. I finished reading another book but I didn’t like it so I didn’t share with you guys. I am not going to share books that I just don’t like. My latest book I started reading because I saw it on Instagram. I have found social media is a great place to find my next good read. When I saw the book Homegoing shared on Instagram I immediately went to look up what the book was about. Once I saw the plot I just knew I had to read it.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is about two half sisters who lead very different lives in the eighteenth century. They don’t know about each other because they were born in two separate villages in Ghana. Effia grew up and was married off to a white Englishman due to some duplicity by her stepmother. Even though she married “well” and was kind of privileged she still had some tough times to deal with in her life. Esi was captured in a raid in her village and sold into slavery. The book tells the story of them and their descendants. We are able to see how each woman’s family lives and how they handled life. It shows how different circumstances leads to different lives. It also tells how those circumstances can affect our family even after we are gone. Both Effia and Esi were very strong women.
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved learning about each family member and seeing how their lives end up. I had a hard time following along at first cause I couldn’t figure out why the characters kept changing. Once I figured it out I started to enjoy the book more. I love to see the family grow and get bigger. There are some sad moments in this book. But as the family moves forward in life you can see how the family history affects them along with the time that they live in. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their connection to each other. I liked the ending even more. It proves that things can definitely come full circle. Even though the characters don’t really know it. Ms. Yaa Gyasi has gained herself a new fan. I love her writing style it is truly beautiful. Her storytelling is fantastic. She kept me turning the pages of her book every chance that I could get.