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  • Brilliant

    Resonates for so many reasons. Endlessly recommend

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  • Beautiful collection of linked stories

    This book deals with families of Effia, a Gold Coast woman married off to a British soldier, and her half-sister Esi, sold into slavery and transported to America. Each chapter deals with a different descendant of one of the two women, and as such tracks two branches of their family tree: one in what would become Ghana, and one in America. The stories are beautifully written and the characterisation is very vivid. It gave me an insight into lives of both Ghanaian families in the past 2-3 centuries and their descendants in America. The nature of the book means that it is quite episodic - it's more like a linked collection of short stories than one grand, sweeping narrative. I would have loved to hear more about some of the characters, but they often disappeared by the next chapter. That said, there are a number of parallels and threads that run through the stories that make for a satisfying sense of connection. Definitely recommended!

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  • Great read

    Intriguing storyline. Every chapter was enlightening

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  • Best read

    I loved every bit of the book. Well writen. Gyasi is a phenomenal story teller. I recommend this book

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  • hana to the US a story of slavery

    A beautiful but stirring story. I had so little understanding, before reading this, of the origins and repercussions of slavery. A brilliant book that takes the reader through, if I've counted right, 9 generations of a Ghanaian family and diaspora in the US. The country and people of Ghana are described in beautiful detail: you come away with a strong desire to see it for yourself. In contrast, and bleak, is the picture painted of life for the descendents in the US.

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