Yaa Gyasi's novel, Homegoing
, is a marvelous debut, particularly given the author's youth (Gyasi is 26 years old). But her voice is remarkably confident and assured, spanning generations and centuries. Homegoing
is the story of Esi and Effia, two half-sisters unknown to each other in 18th-century Ghana. Esi becomes the wife of a slave trader; Effia is abducted as a slave, bound for America. Each sister's story, and the stories of their descendants up through the present day, is told in rich, precise, poetic language. Ta-Nehisi Coates
raves, "Gyasi's characters are so fully realized, so elegantly carved — very often I found myself longing to hear more….I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair...