The DIESEL Readers discuss "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi


The Diesel Readers discuss "Homegoing" by Yaa GyasiDIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The DIESEL Readers back to the store to discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi on Monday, September 18th at 6:30pm. 

This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed--and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

Event date: 
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Homegoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - click to see which location!
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017