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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.
Author Yaa Gyasi knew that she wanted to write a book about what it meant to be black in America. But it wasn’t until she took a trip to her native country of Ghana that she gained perspective on the legacy of slavery, and her story grew to span generations. Gyasi joins Shad to discuss her debut novel “Homegoing” which 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. 13:09
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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.

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