Reviews

  • Homegoing is a novel I wish I could have read when I was a young woman. An intelligent, beautiful and healing read, destined to become a classic

    Zadie Smith
  • Shows the unmistakable touch of a gifted writer

    The New Yorker
  • One of the richest, most rewarding reads of 2016

    Elle
  • Homegoing is one hell of a book... I recommend Homegoing without reservation. Definitely a must read for 2016.

    Roxane Gay
  • I think I needed to read a book like this to remember what is possible. I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winning author of 'Between the World and Me'
  • Wildly ambitious debut by a 26-year-old writer . . . It's impossible not to admire the ambition and scope of Homegoing . . . By its conclusion, the characters' tales of loss and resilience have acquired an inexorable and cumulative emotional weight

    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • A marvellous novel

    Starred Publishers Weekly
  • The brilliance of this structure, in which we know more than the characters do about the fate of their parents and children, pays homage to the vast scope of slavery without losing sight of its private devastation . . . . [Toni Morrison's] influence is palpable in Gyasi's historicity and lyricism; she shares Morrison's uncanny ability to crystalize, in a single event, slavery's moral and emotional fallout. What is uniquely Gyasi's is her ability to connect it so explicitly to the present day: No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalized in this country.

    Vogue US
  • Homegoing is a remarkable feat - a novel at once epic and intimate, capturing the moral weight of history as it bears down on individual struggles, hopes and fears. A tremendous debut

    Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment
  • [A] commanding debut . . . will stay with you long after you've finished reading. When people talk about all the things fiction can teach its readers, they're talking about books like this

    Marie Claire