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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…
Jul 19, 2019
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Jun 17, 2019Mama2_3 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I am currently reading this beautiful, heartbreaking book. I already know it is five stars ⭐️ but I will add a new comment when completed. Highly recommended. ❤️ 😭 I just finished this book. It is informative and sweeping. Full of…
Jun 15, 2019sgcf rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A very ambitious project for Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel and a worthwhile read. Focusing on two lineages of the same family throughout two and a half centuries, Gyasi alternates chapters to follow the descendants who stayed in Ghana, and those…
Mar 24, 2019
Recommended by Pat and read by my book club early on
Feb 05, 2019
Not finished yet, but I don't recommend the audiobook, keeping EFF-y and ESS-y straight is tough. And it is read so slow! How does it take 12 hours to read a 300 page book? I've already got it going at 1.5 speed and it's taking forever but…