Yaa Gyasi: Her Debut is Unputdownable
Yaa Gyasi is a Ghanaian who lived most of her life in America. She was raised in Huntsville, Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. Her father and mother are Fante and Asante respectively. It is for this reason that she focuses on these two tribes in her debut ‘Homegoing’—a universal sensation among literary enthusiasts.
Winner of National Book Award for non-fiction, Ta-Nehisi coates, said her debut ‘Homegoing’ is an inspiration.
Gyasi lives in Berkeley, California.‘Homegoing’ looks to slavery and details what it did to generations plus its effect that span three centuries. Scathing realities on slavery are narrated in her book. This is the one novel that you can only put down for the simple reason that some instances will leave your heart pounding. Exceptional. Emotive. Intense. Transformative. Educational. Beautiful. Those are just some of the adjectives to send her book with.
The book borrows from Gyasi’s personal experiences while growing up in America and having to shift from one state to another much as she went to Ghana occasionally. In that regard, Yaa Gyasi admits to having a lot of personal experience with being uprooted. And she puts it this way:
“We left Ghana and moved to America when I was 2-years-old. We didn’t have any other family here, so we were kind of on our own. Every two years or so we would move – to Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Alabama. ‘Homegoing’ is informed by a sense of place and the variety of places that the characters live in, connect with, don’t connect with and have to leave.”
Her novel is also an unforgettable New York Times bestseller and it makes you feel like someone has been telling you a good story. A masterful story. Her gripping read is definitely something to look forward to. You may be at loss for not having read this book before the year ends.