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Novel Writers: Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

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Wed 25 January 2017

Novel Writers: Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

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Wed 25 January 2017,

Each month we invite a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in an informal setting. Prior knowledge of the text is not essential. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and great books.

Homegoing begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, it traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history. Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

The great, aching gift of the novel is that it offers, in its own way, the very thing that enslavement denied its descendants: the possibility of imagining the connection between the broken threads of their origins. – The New York Times Book Review

 

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