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Jul 22, 2021hlpearth rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Quite a brilliant weaving of a story that connects the origins of the slave trade with modern America. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and if required reading, would be very healthy for our society...
Jun 28, 2021CAR101010 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A very interesting historical fiction book with many multigenerational perspectives! I only gave it 4/5 stars because the ending felt a little incomplete. Very good book!
Jun 24, 2021Bonnie2626 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I kept referring to the book cover, who wrote this book, then I would look at the back for a picture of the author. Not familiar with the author at all. What a story. Couldn't put it down. It's about women, and men too, but the women…
Jun 23, 2021JCLAnneG rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Holy cow I'm glad I read this one. It's easy to approach, so if you have a young adult wanting to venture into adult historical fiction this may be a good one to start with. I love how the family saga of African Americans and Africans is…
May 25, 2021bsarkar rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Are you kidding me with this book?? It is AMAZING. I can’t believe the author is 26 and that this is her first novel. It’s unreal. The book spans two branches of a family. One branch ends up in the USA as a result of slavery and the…
May 12, 2021susan_findlay rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Best viewed as a series of connected short stories rather than a novel per se, this well written book ambitiously tells the tale of generations affected by slavery. Each second chapter starts a new generation as they alternate between a…
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Apr 28, 2021gomegan rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The story is heartbreaking, yet hopeful. The audiobook is a joy to listen to with its changing narration based on time period. A must-read or listen.
Apr 26, 2021ArapahoeJulia rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was a powerful and important read. Yaa Gyasi is an amazing storyteller and I love her ability to show the fullness of a story... to show not just good and bad, but the nuanced and the complex.
Apr 26, 2021ryner rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Though they have never met, sisters Effia and Esi live in 18th-century Ghana in western Africa, at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. One of them will marry a high-ranking British official, while the other will be captured, sold…
Mar 25, 2021
Good Reads recommendation
Mar 23, 2021
Excellent book.
Mar 03, 2021cwaddick_0 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Me and my book club could not get past the horrific cruel beginning chapters. In time l did manage to finish turned out to be a decent read. I would never recommend it
Jan 27, 2021
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Jan 04, 2021
This ambitious novel, published when Gyasi was only 26-years-old, is a historical family saga spanning seven generations across two continents and a fantastic read to really sink one's teeth into! Beginning in 18th-century West Africa,…
Dec 26, 2020SarahLouiseMurphy7 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous, eye-opening book. A must-read!
Nov 20, 2020STPL_Kerry rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book is stunning. As soon as I finished the last word I wanted to start it over so I could absorb any detail I might have missed. A must read!
Nov 03, 2020Chapel_Hill_KrystalB rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This has been on my to-read list since its publication, and I hate it took me so long while also being grateful it did... because… now what? No hyperbole here: this is one of the best novels I have ever read, like top of the list. Makes…
Aug 25, 2020trickbag22 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Two sisters, not knowing one another, nor knowing the mother raising them is not their own, have life stories to tell. Both stories of the truth of slavery in Africa and the United States are told simply and without judgement. Beginning…
Aug 07, 2020funeehunee rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Phenomenal book. I could hardly put it down!
Apr 12, 2020ellenorndorf rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I read this during the COVID-19 stay at home order. It follows generations of families first in Ghana then in the United States.
Feb 24, 2020
5 goodread friends loved it
Dec 19, 2019AnnabelleLee27 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A heart-wrenching novel beautifully written in short, searing vignettes. This multi-generational saga wrestles with complex issues such gender, race, family, nationality, and slavery. Profound and unforgettable.
Oct 06, 2019
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Sep 26, 2019Joeybiomaster rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Throughout the entire time I read this book, I would wonder, who are my ancestors? Do I have ancestors who were Mayan or Aztec? Am I the descendant of royalty from 500 years ago? What were the hardships my ancestors had to face? This is a…
Jul 28, 2019EljayJohnson rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Firstly, it's well-nigh unbelievable that this powerful and beautifully written story is a debut. Gyasi gives us a rich and emotional famiy saga that spans 300 years, 7 generations, and 2 continents. Effia and Esi, two half-sisters…