Homegoing

Homegoing

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"Homegoing is an inspiration." and#8212;Ta-Nehisi Coates The unforgettable New York Times best seller 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, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day. Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Audio,, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780451484192
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: audio file,rda
digital,stereo,Digital recording,rda
1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hoffman, Dominic

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Apr 24, 2017

Up until the start of the second half, I would have probably only given it 4 stars. It seemed a bit disjointed although I liked each individual generational story. But, it really picked up speed for me from then on and I ended up giving it 5. I rarely do this.

EKGO Nov 15, 2016

A rich, intense family saga following the descendants of two half-sisters who begin the story in Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast at the height of the slave trade. One sister, Effia, is sold as a wife to a British slave trader and her bloodline, except for the last in the story, live in Ghana where tribes fight one another and fire torments dreams. The other sister, Efi, is captured from an outlying village and sold to the slavers who ship her off to the United States where her bloodline experience cruelty, civil war, racism, segregation, and inequality.

Narrator Dominic Hoffman makes this stellar story shine even brighter.

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