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πŸ“š Bookish Thoughts πŸ’­ β € πŸ’¬ β€œThe family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see th…

πŸ“š Bookish Thoughts πŸ’­
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πŸ’¬ β€œThe family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.”
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Heavy β€’ Enthralling β€’ Ambitious β €
πŸ“š Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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πŸ’‘ Synopsis (vΓ­a @goodreads):
Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.
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❀️ I thought I would try to discover the author’s writing before the release of Transcendent Kingdom and found myself in a whirlwind of emotions. 😭 This book packs one heck of an emotional punch! Each character followers a new character branching from the generational tree of the previous chapter spanning from Ghana to California…Africa to America… 18th century to modern day. Through the pages we discover a family divided by marriage and the Atlantic slave trade. I referred to the family tree often throughout my reading. This gives voice to transgenerational trauma in an unforgettable way.
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πŸ’” Each chapter was far too short for my liking. Also, tremendously heartbreaking through and through. Have the Kleenex on standby.
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✨ The plot of this novel was downright impressive! It begs the question: How far back can you trace your family’s lineage?
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πŸ’‹ xoxo,
Kat

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