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    Ghanaian side lacks plausibility

    This loosely strung series of vignettes hangs on the premise that there is/was an African legacy of shame and sad consequences to be set along side the obviously terrible consequences for those whom their fellow Africans sold into slavery. This is obviously a good marketing angle, as African Americans become increasingly interested in both the history of their slave ancestors and the circumstances of their enslavement. Unfortunately, the situations and attitudes Gyaasi fabricates for her African characters lack plausibility in terms of history or Akan (Asante) culture. As a person who has lived in Asante, and studied and taught the history and culture, I found Gyaasi's errors disappointing and jarring, reflecting a moralistic but naive American sensibility. My Asante friends would be bemused by the notion that they might bear a "curse" from their "slaver" role 250 years ago.
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    Wow. This is what book hangovers are made of.

    I'm going to be carrying this story in my soul for a very long time. Beautifully written. Excellent pacing. Memorable characters. Word art at its finest.
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    Hoping for more

    I was hoping for much more than this book offered. In the end, it was little more than a brief outline of Black history wrapped around shallow, predictable characters.
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    The title totally made sense at the end of the boo

    I enjoyed this book, the storyline and the characters. I think it was well researched. I wished it could have gone on longer.
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    Truthful

    I found Homegoing to be a diverse book, moving forward throughout time. This book gives a view of slavery and racism through the passage of time, and how so many families and lives where changed and destroyed.
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