Next Book Group Discussion: Saturday, January 6, 10:30, in the Sanctuary
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Published in June 2016
To start the year off in keeping with our times, our 1stUUPB Second Saturday Book Group will be meeting in January on the first Saturday— January 6. We’ll gather in the Sanctuary at 10:30 to discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, a new voice in the literary world.
By progressing through 300 years of Ghanaian and American history, Gyasi shows consequences of the slave trade by following seven generations of a single family. Every portrait reads like a short story unto itself.
Gyasi, born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, got the idea for this story when she visited Ghana during college. After her family moved to the United States when she was an infant, she had never taken a trip back. Gyasi was struck when she visited the Cape Coast Castle by the idea of African women living in the top levels of the castle as the wives of colonists while others were kept in the dungeon to be sold as slaves. Gyasi used historical accounts written by Africans and African-Americans to center each chapter of the book around important historical moments.
While today we most often think of slavery in the context of its historical and contemporary impact on the United States, slavery began to exist before written history in many cultures, and, according to some, there are still more slaves today than at any previous point in history.
Members, friends, and community people are welcome to these sessions, whether you’ve read the books or not! We “Read so as to know the world.” For further information, you may contact Dorie Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 561-301-4204.