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Homegoing

August 2017 book selection

Homegoing

by Yaa Gyasi

August 2, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

As with most historical novels, along with the characters and the settings, we learn about a particular time and place. in the case of our August selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, we learn first about The Middle Passage.  This horrific journey began for many on the coast of Africa.  Commercial forts were built there by Europeans, specifically to enable the transport of slaves from The Gold Coast to America and WesternEurope. The initial two lives lives we read about in this amazing book wind from being “cargo” on a ship leaving The Gold Coast to being the wife of a slave trader. The book will follow parallel lives of their descendants and leave the reader with a new perspective on the origins of African Americans in this country.  It will give us food for a lengthy and interesting conversation when we meet for our Face to Face meeting, Tuesday, August 8 at 2 or 6pm.  Please join us.

July 26, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Yaa Gyasi’s book Homegoing, our August selection, has received such high acclaim by almost every newspaper an our own NPR that I just knew we had to read it. Listed by The New York Times an an Editor’s Choice other reviewers, like The Wall Street Journal have said “ The plot is flecked with magic, evoking folk tales passed down form parent to child”.  We are so fortunate to have this young writer, just starting out, and maybe she will write another blockbuster.  For now, enjoy Homegoing and come to our Face To Face book discussion, so we can talk about it.  We meet Tuesday, August 8 at either 2pm or 6pm in our Community Room. Please join us.

July 19, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

Im sure many of you remember the original series Roots, taken from the book of the same name by Alex Haley.  We all sat in our living rooms, transfixed with that story.  Homegoing, our August selection by Yaa Gyasi takes us much further back.  Beginning in Ghana around 1760 this book takes us through the slave trade to the present day. Gyasi has an interesting way of telling this story, through two descendants of a Ghanain woman, separated in Ghana only to find themselves close many generations later. The novel, had it’s start in the author’s 2009 trip back to Ghana, where she was born. the book is fascinating, and comes from a viewpoint not often spoken about, the culpability of the African’s in the slave trade.  Fascinating to read, and it will be very interesting to discuss.  Please join us on August 8 at either 6 or 8pm in our Community room for this discussion.

July 11, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

As our book selections continue their journey around the world, we find ourselves in Ghana for our August selection.   Home going, is Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, and what a novel it is.  Each chapter in this work of historical fiction traces a different descendant of an Assent woman named Maame.  Mama has two daughters and in a twist of fate, they are separated. One, Effie, marries a British Governor, in charge of a local fort. Effie’s half sister Esi is held captive, in the dungeon below the fort. It is their story and the stories of future generations that will enthrall you.  Please join us for our discussion, at 2pm or 6pm, August 8 in our Community Room.