Monday May 08, 2017

Why Kristin Kreuk reccommends Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Kristin Kreuk says that Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi makes an important point about the stories missing from history.

Kristin Kreuk says that Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi makes an important point about the stories missing from history. (CBC)

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Kristin Kreuk is a Canadian actress known for her roles in television series like Edgemont, Smallville and Beauty and the Beast. She recently read  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and loved it.

I found it incredibly moving because it explores how our narratives are tied to our history: how we are, who we are, where our world is at. There are a lot of people who don't have a connection to those narratives. They got lost over time. There's a quote in the book that I really loved, where a character says, "When you study history, you must always ask yourself: whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?" I think this relates to our own personal lives and that these histories aren't separate from us. That they are a part of our own experience and our current lives.

Kristin Kreuk's comments have been edited and condensed.