This one is by far my favourite in the entire list. Homegoing follows seven generations, fourteen perspectives in total. It all begins with two half sisters – Effia and Esi – who will never know each other. One’s experiences lead her and her family to slavery in America, the other’s family find themselves mostly in Ghana.
Tracking different cultural changes in both Ghana and America, each chapter is told from the perspective of a new character. And through the characters, we experience life during the tribal wars of the 1700s, the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, the ways in which prominent leaders in Ghana aided British and American slavers, the fear created by the Fugitive Slave Act, and much more.
The real thing that makes this book a winner is the fact that it covers so much history in so few pages without feeling rushed. Don’t miss this one.
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