The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 – 2018 selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, her literary debut.
Homegoing follows two half sisters who are born into different villages and unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the Cape Coast Castle, the other will be captured, imprisoned in the same castle, and sold into slavery. This story follows the paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
This book received critical acclaim and highlighted as one of the best books of the year by NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed.
NEW! Enjoy two new episodes of The Commons, the Common Read podcast. Episode 1 features USA History Professor Marsha Hamilton on the Atlantic world.
Episode 2 USA African-American Studies Professor Kern Jackson discusses Homegoing in the broader context of folklore and American literature.