Book Beginnings: Homegoing


Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I'm participating in #theunreadshelfproject2020 hosted by Whitney @ The Unread Shelf.  January's challenge is to pick a book, any book off of your unread shelf and read it by January 31st. My pick,(thanks to several of you chiming in on Instagram!) is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It's been on my bookshelf for quite awhile, and I finally started it Wednesday night! Here are the opening lines:

"The night Effia Otcher was born into the musky heat of Fanteland,a fire raged through the woods just outside her father's compound. It moved quickly, tearing a path for days."

I'm really enjoying this book so far and thankful I joined the Unread Shelf Project to motivate me to read it! In case you haven't read it, here is the synopsis, from Goodreads:

31147619. sy475 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.  

Have you read Homegoing? What did you think? Happy Friday! 


  1. I love love love this book. But it is so hard to read because it is so heartbreaking. My Friday quotes from NORMAL PEOPLE

  2. It looks amazing. How can Gyasi even keep all those threads spinning forward?

  3. I'd never heard of this book, but it sounds like a really good read! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Happy reading.

    Here's my Friday post.

  4. One of these days I'm going to read this. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. I totally get that! Glad the unread shelf project motivated me!

  5. I haven't read it but it sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing the opening on Book Beginnings!


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