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Homegoing
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
A riveting, kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: a novel about race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the wars of Ghana to slavery and the Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the American South to the Great Migration to twentieth-century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's novel moves through histories and geographies and captures--with outstanding economy and force-- the troubled spirit of our own nation. She has written a modern masterpiece.From the Hardcover edition.
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AyaOfSiwa
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi

"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."

#croatianedition

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cathysaid
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Look what‘s coming!

**insert happy dance💃**

LauraJ 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 2w
Soubhiville Oh wow! That‘s exciting. 2w
Hooked_on_books 😲🤯🥳💃🏼🎉 2w
cathysaid @LauraJ @Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books Right? I LOVED Homegoing. Can't wait! 2w
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Joanne1
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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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.

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AyaOfSiwa
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Starting to read my next.

#croatianedition

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MariettaSG
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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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.

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MariettaSG
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi

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.

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MariettaSG
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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.

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Joanne1
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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.

violabrain Definitely not a beach read! But one of the most amazing books I have ever read. 1mo
Nute I‘ve given up on trying to keep characters straight in my head when there are many characters or the writing is complex or confusing. I go right for pen and paper and keeping notes.🙃 1mo
Libby1 I struggled with it too and actually bailed. I was feeling tired of reading about exceptionally beautiful main characters. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day3

@MeganAnn do you want to play along? With your keen eye for creative things, I know you have some beautiful covers! 😉

Cinfhen Oh, I LOVE this cover so much more than the US cover 2mo
sudi Love this cover ❤ 2mo
Kalalalatja One of my faves 👌 2mo
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MeganAnn Such a beautiful cover! I‘d love to play! Now I just have to figure which covers to post... 2mo
Centique That is GORGEOUS 😍 2mo
BiblioLitten I love the cover!! So pretty 🧡 2mo
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gby0822
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Pickpick

A beautifully-written book about the generational impact of slavery. I haven‘t read anything like this before; highly recommend!

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JenFowler
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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.

Cortg This is a favorite of mine ❤️ 3mo
Scochrane26 I loved this one, too. I read it right after Underground Railroad, which I don‘t recommend. They were both emotional reads. 3mo
The_Real_Nani So heartbreaking and overwhelming. I had to stop reading at one point, to catch my breath. 3mo
Naltez Just finished - this was amazing 2mo
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tsundoker
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Awesome awesome awesome book. I can't believe this is her first novel!

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tsundoker
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It is an awesome book. I am loving it so far. A must read.

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Bookboss
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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!

bromeliad Great haul! 3mo
irre I too got Homegoing from the library but decided I needed to buy a copy after reading. One of my all time favorites. 3mo
Lisa0223 I also purchased my own personal copy of Homegoing after listening to it. It‘s now one of my favorites 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3mo
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margreads
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Read this while we were on safari in South Africa. Technically we were not camping but rather stayed in a game lodge but still

@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #letstravelaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds awesome!!!! 🦓🐘🐆 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🏕 3mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Word perfect. #africa #letstraveljuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this!!! 4mo
The_Real_Nani So good. At one point, I had to put it down because I was so overwhelmed. 4mo
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EmilieGR
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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.

Caroline2 I loved this book! 💖 4mo
Eyelit I just listened to the audiobook recently. So good! 4mo
EmilieGR ❤️❤️ 4mo
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Caroline2
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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!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Texreader Compelling review! Stacked! (edited) 5mo
Freespirit Great review! 5mo
Megabooks Great review!! 5mo
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tammysue Happy you enjoyed it too! Terrific review! 5mo
eraderneely I think the chapters are just the right length. You get invested in the characters, but not so strongly that it‘s hard to switch when the next viewpoint comes up. 5mo
BooknerdsLife Beautiful review and gorgeous photo! 5mo
Caroline2 @eraderneely Yes! I agree. The length of each chapter is spot on; it also keeps the pace of the novel rolling. It never lulled once for me. 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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“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

erzascarletbookgasm 🙌 I was thinking of this too! Great read! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Great pick! 5mo
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youneverarrived
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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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

erzascarletbookgasm Yes, the family tree was very helpful! 🙂 5mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm I would have been lost without it 😂 5mo
Theaelizabet Really liked this book. Can‘t wait to see what she writes next. 5mo
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readordierachel Loved this one. Clever and poignant is a great description. 5mo
youneverarrived @Theaelizabet was it her debut book? 5mo
Theaelizabet @youneverarrived Yes, it was. A good start! 5mo
youneverarrived @Theaelizabet ah wow that‘s impressive. 5mo
MrBook Nice review and great background! 5mo
Suet624 I referred to the family tree often and I LOVED the book 5mo
youneverarrived @MrBook thanks 😁 5mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 yeah, I‘m glad the family tree was included. 5mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

This book was so good!

WorldsOkayestStepMom I absolutely LOVED this one! 💖 5mo
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Samplergal
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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This book is set in a variety of places, one being Pratt City, Alabama. I‘m going rogue and using this as Alabama for my #ReadingUSA2019. #alabama

Cortg I loved this book ❤️ 6mo
Samplergal So did I. Five earned stars. I have had it on my shelf for a year, but seems it always got pushed back on the pile in exchange for a book club book or library book that had an expiration date. So glad I read it. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading I also loved book after it sat on my shelf for quite a while. 😄 6mo
Soubhiville Such an amazing book! 6mo
Librarybelle I‘ve heard good things about this one! 6mo
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Samplergal
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#bannedbook #maymadness #24b4Monday

I‘m sure this is banned someplace. It‘s sooooo good. Its about 40% in and want to stay up all night to finish good.

TheReadingMermaid Nice!!! 👍👍👍 6mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I adored this book. It is so amazing. 6mo
behudd One of the best books I‘ve ever read! 6mo
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Kdgordon88 I loved this book! 6mo
irre Loved it!! 6mo
Clwojick 🙌🏻 I‘ll have to check it out! 6mo
BarbaraJean Oh, this book is absolutely amazing. Loved it! 6mo
violabrain This book is incredible! I second @behudd - definitely one of the best books I‘ve ever read! 6mo
SaturnDoo You are probably right about it being banned some where 😁 I started this several months ago and couldn't stay interested/focused. Maybe I should try it again. Is this the one that jumps around in time, bactracks, and has millions of characters but never really focuses on any particular one? 6mo
behudd @SaturnDoo it follows a line of descendants, so it doesn‘t jump around in time, it goes chronologically, but you‘re right that it doesn‘t focus on any one character for more than their section. 6mo
Samplergal It‘s so good. So good. 6mo
SaturnDoo @behudd thanks. I knew it was one of those things 😊 that I just couldn't stay focused on it at the time I started it. I'm going to try it again. 6mo
Andrew65 This is a really good read. 6mo
behudd @SaturnDoo definitely understand that! I hope you love it whenever you re-start :) 6mo
Theaelizabet Loved this book. Excited to see what she does next. 6mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Pickpick

A beautifully written novel following the generations of a family, not unlike "Roots" by Alex Haley, which I also loved!

DivineDiana I liked this so much that I recommended for Book Club. 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @DivineDiana oh I bet this would be a great Book Club book!!! 6mo
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thebookishtype15
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#oldmeetsnewgiveaway @Cinfhen

1. Realistic fiction/contemporary
2. Tagged above
3. Suburbs of Chicago
4. In the grass under a tree or on the couch near the window

This was fun!

Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad you joined in🤗and I really liked your tagged book! 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading Homegoing was excellent!! 6mo
thebookishtype15 Yes! I love Homegoing! 6mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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"There should be no room in your life for regret. If in the moment of doing you felt clarity, you felt certainty, then why feel regret later?"

Wise words from dear old dad. ?

IamIamIam Oh, I love this!!! 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @IamIamIam isn't it such a lovely quote!! 6mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I'm really enjoying this book so far!

irre One of my all time favorites! 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @irre my flower beds are full of them! 6mo
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Mowen036
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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.

ephemeralwaltz Interesting take on it! 6mo
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GinaKButler
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This month‘s book club pick! Interesting format! #theplanningbutlerreads

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Mowen036
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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!

Suet624 I loved it. 6mo
bookandcat I liked this book a lot too - maybe it will get better for you? 🤷 I hope so!! 6mo
readordierachel I also loved it. Difficult but also beautiful and important. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked it. What @readordierachel said..difficult but important read 6mo
Blaire Agree with @readordierachel and @erzascarletbookgasm I really liked it and the difficult parts were necessary and important. Stick with it. 6mo
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Zelma
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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.

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Rhmodica
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi

halfway through, enjoying it a lot.

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jlondon1963
Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Reread this book for my neighborhood book group. This was our February read.

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eraderneely
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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.

julesG I was actually quite glad seeing you make slow progress with the book. I felt bad about being such a slow reader. Now I know I'm in good company. 😁 7mo
Sarah83 Great picture 😍 7mo
tpixie So glad you went and had a #LitsyMeetUp ! 7mo
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RachelO Yay! And wouldn‘t you love to smuggle out a set of those library steps? Of course I‘d need to build a whole library round them... 🤔 7mo
eraderneely @julesG yes, it‘s nice too have someone else who didn‘t read 5 books this weekend! Slow and steady! 7mo
eraderneely @Sarah83 thank you! 7mo
eraderneely @tpixie me too! It‘s so nice to spend time with fellow Littens. 7mo
eraderneely @RachelO they were really lovely. But you need the floor-to-ceiling shelves to match! 7mo
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eraderneely
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1) Gladstone‘s Library in Hawarden, Wales
2) tagged
3) scones
4) I‘m on a reading retreat this weekend!
5) I‘m going to try not to pick up my phone every 5 minutes!
#Deweys24hourreadathon #readathon

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eraderneely
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Where I‘m doing my reading this morning

Cathythoughts Gorgeous 7mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 7mo
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eraderneely
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On the train to North Wales. #readingretreat here I come!

JennyM Have fun guys! 7mo
RachelO Have you started Homegoing yet? Love that cover! 7mo
GatheringBooks looks great! 7mo
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Chrissyreadit I love that book!!! Have fun! 7mo
eraderneely @JennyM Thanks! 7mo
eraderneely @RachelO I started it on the train. Really liking it so far! 7mo
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Carolyn11215
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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.

Freespirit Litsy seems to crop the edges doesn't it? I try to put a border round my photo and then that gets cropped rather than the pic. 7mo
Carolyn11215 @freespirit, not sure how to put border around collage on PicCollage but I clearly need to try! 7mo
GatheringBooks i use squaready! it is a free app too. 🧚🏼‍♀️ 7mo
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Devyn
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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.

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thebookishtype15
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1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi! One of my favorites!
2. I rarely make my bed.
3. High temp is 45! Woohoo!
4. Idk how weird it is but grilled cheese and grape jelly.
5. Will do!

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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Lesley1
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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!

xxjenadanxx This is on my tbr list. I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 8mo
Lesley1 @xxjenadanxx definitely recommend :) 8mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Lesley1 @RaimeyGallant thank you! And thanks for the tips :) 7mo
Chelleo Welcome! 7mo
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Karkar
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My first post was over three years ago. I only got 8 likes. 😆 @Liberty @Twocougs were my first likes. #firstlikes

Twocougs Aaaaah🥰. Time goes fast. 8mo
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Carolyn11215
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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.

minkyb Yep definitely a 5 star read. 8mo
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Carolyn11215
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”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.”

Carolyn11215 This book is so powerful. So much heartbreak. 8mo
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Carolyn11215
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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!!

irre I absolutely loved Homegoing 8mo
Carolyn11215 @irre I‘m halfway through Homegoing now and it‘s amazing! Sorry it took so long for me to get around to reading it!! 8mo
irre I‘m glad you like it!!! 8mo
minkyb Foursome looks amazing ! 8mo
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Afua
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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.

ephemeralwaltz Great great review! 8mo
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SShiney
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What a beautiful novel. I saw it all over litsy and decided to check it out. It was the perfect mix of being plot-driven and having elegant literary prose. I didn't want to put it down.

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saresmoore
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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.

Amor4Libros I‘ve been eyeing this book for a while, seen so many positive reviews! 8mo
Kalalalatja Love this book 👌 8mo
saresmoore @Amor4Libros It‘s certainly not an easy read, but it‘s full of life and feels very honest. 8mo
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irre One of my favorites of all time. Loved it so much!! 8mo
Lindy Good idea to limit to a chapter per day. I loved this, but it is emotionally brutal. 8mo
Suet624 Such a good book and it makes sense to read it one chapter at a time. I am physically affected every time I see the book sitting on a Library shelf. It just covers so much territory. 8mo
andrew61 Loved it - yes take your time it's worth it, although i couldn't put it down. 8mo
saresmoore @andrew61 I struggle put it down, too, but when I emerge, it takes me a while to shift back to reality. Wonderful, though utterly heartbreaking storytelling. 8mo
andrew61 @saresmoore i think it is that each episode is the story of a life and you want to cling to their story but so many are heartbreaking. The image of the slaves in the fortress still is in my head two years after i read it. 8mo
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