Yaa Gyasi retraces slavery's foul legacy in Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi's debut novel Homegoing is meant to open up conversations that people only have in whispers.

For author Yaa Gyasi, a trip to her native country of Ghana changed everything. Before it, she knew she wanted to write a book about what it meant to be black in America, but as the legacy of slavery came in to clearer focus, her story grew to span generations. 

Gyasi's debut novel Homegoing follows two half-sisters — one who is sold into slavery, the other forced to marry a slave trader — and continues into the present day, delving into the lives of their descendants. 

Yaa Gyasi's debut novel 'Homegoing' addresses human bondage, family betrayal and Africa's role in the slave trade. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

WEB EXTRA | Watch Gyasi discuss Homegoing, and explain her struggle with fitting in and how it inspired her to write her new book.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.