Our bookclub: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Here’s another quick piece about our bookclub - open to Members & spouses (& one or two guests). This is from the Zoom meeting held in March.

This month's book: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The setting: The book begins in the Gold Coast, West Africa, in the 1760s.

What's it about: Published in 2016, this book covers the lives of various descendants of an Asante woman named Maame with a single narrative stretching over 200 years. It touches on a variety of issues such as slavery, colonialism and segregation. The book itself derived from academic studies by the author.

Thoughts from our bookclubbers: 

  • "a clever book"
  • "some of it was hard to believe"
  • "might have been better as a series of short stories"
  • "very colourful in both a real and figurative way"

Our bookclubbers' score: 7-9/10

Our bookclubbers' other reads:

  • “Night School“ and “The Affair” - Lee Childs
  • “What does Jeremy Think?” – (non-fiction) Susan Hayward
  • “One Perfect Lie” - Lisa Scottline
  • “The Last Drop of Blood” - Graham Masterton
  • “I Know a Secret’ - Tess Gerriston
  • “Girl Woman Other” - Bernadine Eviston
  • “The Architect’s Apprentice” - Elif Shafak


Please note: all comments and opinions are from our bookclub members and are not the views of the Rotary Club of Canterbury, nor are any of the books mentioned endorsed by the Club. Imagery is used under the terms of fair use for review. Publisher Penguin Books Ltd



Sunday 4th April 2021

Published by: The Rotary Club of Canterbury

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