"Želim napustiti obitelj a da oni ne znaju da sam ih napustio, rekao je."
"I want to leave the family without them knowing i left them, he said."
Look what‘s coming!
**insert happy dance💃**
Epic, complex and multi-generational story of the history and legacy of slavery. It‘s brilliantly told through the voices of each generation but I did find it tricky to keep who was who straight in my head. And I struggled through a couple of the chapters. I would not recommend it as a beach read!! This one requires brainpower.
Only just a pick for its solid narrative. It wasn't a page turner but certainly an interesting historical fiction. I loved the feeling of place that characters had as I understand this experience. I read it slowly, one chapter at a time as though they were short stories without losing the arc. I wouldn't call it literature but certainly a worthwhile read. A TBR completed.
I‘m really enjoying the flipping from the story of one sister‘s line to the other. It does take a bit of getting used to with each chapter, as a migrant who at times feels divided about where my place and people are this appeals to me. Also I love how the story is structured around Maame having two daughters by different men ; although traditionally the men have/own/determine the wives this is not the emphasis in this text.
Really enjoying this, I like the two families from the two original sisters and how the story flips between the two and down through the generations. I do need to check the family tree each chapter but am enjoying it. No pearls of wisdom yet but a solid narrative through the strong idea of family and the cover is so aesthetic.
I‘m struggling a little with this one. It‘s really not suited as a beach read and I‘m having trouble keeping the characters straight in my head.
I loved this book. It's almost as if you are reading many different books...because it is about many different people, throughout different generations. You see where these people came from, where their great great grandparents came from. How their life shaped them, and how that affected their offspring. How life begets life begets life. The world changes, and we change along with it. But our roots remain at our center.
I visited one of my favorite independent bookstores this afternoon! I have read Homegoing and Purple Hibiscus, but I read library copies. I decided these needed to go on my bookshelf!
A short book, but certainly a memorable one. I loved the way this book was constructed, keeping the pace going, the characters changing, but continuously tying your emotions back into the story.
For such a small book, this is surprisingly epic! Sweeping across 300yrs and across continents; it follows two sisters and their descendants. I was worried I wouldn‘t connect with all the characters but they are so well written that I cared for them all within a couple of pages. It‘s unique, heartbreaking and compelling. All I wanted to do was read this book. This is the best book I have read in a long time!!! 5 stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there you get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.”
All the love 💕 for this #AfricanLady (she was born in Ghana in 1989 and grew up in Alabama). #WanderingJune
It took a while to get used to the structure and I had to keep going back to the family tree before starting a new chapter but it‘s a clever and poignant way to write about slavery and it‘s effects on people then and now. It‘s a tough but necessary read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So I really struggled through this book not because it was a difficult read but I couldn‘t connect with the story. I found myself wanting that connection with the characters. Once I put in my mind that it was a collection of short stories I could get through the book better.
Anyone else read homegoing? I‘d love to hear your thoughts! I have 3 people left to read and I‘ve been struggling to read this for a month!
Holy moly, I love this book! I have been on a linked short stories kick recently, but I felt like this tied more together as a novel then, say, Olive Kitteridge. This was really a series of snapshots of a family tree, each chapter a different voice. I referred to the family tree in the front the book quite a bit but never found the book confusing. So evocative, tragic, hopeful, and very difficult at times. Just excellent.
I‘m a slow reader, so I‘m happy to have finished one book on #readingretreat
This book pairs really well with White Rage by Carol Anderson, which I finished last week.
The chapters are long enough to really get a story for each character, but short enough to keep from getting mired down. I like that each character‘s story is carried on in the next generation. Solid pick.
On the train to North Wales. #readingretreat here I come!
My March reads. Faves were Homegoing, Girl Who Waits with Gun and I Was Anastasia. How do you all get your photos to fit on Litsy? I tried using Pic Monkey and PicCollage but parts of photo are always cut off when I post to Litsy.
I had a lot of other things to do this morning but my library copy of this is due back today and I don‘t want the person in the hold line behind me to have to wait any longer to read it. It‘s so beautiful and heartbreaking. One of the best books I‘ve ever read, like, ever.
I really enjoyed this book! It was so interesting to see the genealogy of the family at the beginning of the book and I continuously referred back to it as the story progressed. For so much story I really liked that it was not a long book. Very readable and engrossing from beginning to end!
5 stars. From Ghana and the horrific Cape Coast Slave Castle to the deep South and Harlem in the U.S., this amazing novel follows the lives of the ancestors of two women from Ghana. The story moves forward via chapters about a child of the next generation until the ancestors of the two women ultimately meet in CA and return together for a visit to Ghana and the Castle. Brutality, loss, love...a roller coaster ride of emotions.
”White men get a choice. They get to choose they job, choose they house. They get to make black babies, then disappear into thin air, like they wasn‘t never there to begin with, like these black women they slept with or raped done laid on top of themselves and got pregnant. White men get to choose for black men too. Used to sell ‘em; now they just send ‘em to prison like they did to my daddy, so that they can‘t be with they kids.”
Current TBR for March...one library book and 3 ARCs along with Girl Waits with Gun, which I‘m working my way through. Really looking forward to Foursome as I‘m a huge Georgia O‘Keefe fan!!
Homegoing does two things I absolutely love in storytelling: tackle history and drip with characterization.
I reveled in and felt every single character's uniqueness, the weight of their hopes, pains, conflicts with the worlds around them and in them...driven in a vehicle of uncomplicated language: a foil to all their very complicated lives.
A drive through the historical landscape that we on the continent could use less of an allergy towards.
This book. Phew! I‘m limiting myself to one chapter per day, partly because the structure allows for it, but mostly because it is so intense. It‘s beautifully written and overflowing with humanity, but leaves me feeling hollowed out and heartbroken.