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Homegoing: Plot Summary
Homegoing: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Homegoing: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Yaa Gyasi
Historical Context of Homegoing
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- Full Title: Homegoing
- When Written: 2012-2015
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 2016
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical fiction
- Setting: Ghana, Alabama, Harlem, Los Angeles, 1700s-2000s
- Climax: Marjorie and Marcus return to Ghana together
- Point of View: Third person; each chapter focuses on a different member of Esi and Effia’s family
Extra Credit for Homegoing
Planting a tree. In preparation for writing Homegoing, Gyasi created the family tree first, then connected each member of the tree to a historical event as an outline for the novel.
An inspiring homegoing. The idea for Homegoing was inspired by Gyasi’s own trip to the Cape Coast Castle during her sophomore year of college, where she was fascinated with the idea that people could live in luxury on the top levels while others lived in misery in the dungeons below.