A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780451484192
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 24, 2017

Up until the start of the second half, I would have probably only given it 4 stars. It seemed a bit disjointed although I liked each individual generational story. But, it really picked up speed for me from then on and I ended up giving it 5. I rarely do this.

EKGO Nov 15, 2016

A rich, intense family saga following the descendants of two half-sisters who begin the story in Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast at the height of the slave trade. One sister, Effia, is sold as a wife to a British slave trader and her bloodline, except for the last in the story, live in Ghana where tribes fight one another and fire torments dreams. The other sister, Efi, is captured from an outlying village and sold to the slavers who ship her off to the United States where her bloodline experience cruelty, civil war, racism, segregation, and inequality.

Narrator Dominic Hoffman makes this stellar story shine even brighter.


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