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Book Discussion Group

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • Date: 09/13/2017 9:15 am - 11:00 am  
  • Location: Newport Beach Central Library, Friends Meeting Room
    1000 Avocado Avenue
    Newport Beach, California 92660
  • Introduction: The group is free and reservations are not required. Authors are not present unless noted.
    Everyone is welcome.


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 Homegoing Coverher village, imprisoned in the very same castle and sold into slavery.  The story follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi and 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.

Presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

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