Yaa Gyasi is a Ghanaian-American novelist known for her highly acclaimed debut novel 'Homegoing' (2016), which won the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for best first book and the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction. Her work often explores themes of identity, history, and diaspora, particularly focusing on the legacy of slavery and its impact on generations of African and African-American lives. Her second novel, 'Transcendent Kingdom' (2020), also received critical praise for its exploration of family, immigration, science, and faith.
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This epic novel traces the lineage of two half-sisters from 18th century Ghana to present day America. One sister is sold into slavery and shipped to America, while the other is married off to a British slaver and remains in Africa. The book follows their descendants through the generations, exploring the lasting impact of slavery and colonialism on Black lives. The narrative showcases the struggles, resilience, and triumphs of each generation, providing a deep and personal view into the historical events and societal changes that shaped their lives.