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CAA Chicago | The Book Club Discusses “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

November 23, 2020
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Join fellow Columbia alumni as the book club discusses Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi selected by Beth Napleton. Our host David Hartmann hopes you will attend for an evening of lively discussion. “Sometime in the late eighteenth century, Maame, an Asante slave in a Fante household, flees into the bush during a fire, leaving behind her newborn daughter, who survives. Soon afterward, Maame marries an Asante “Big Man” and gives birth to another girl. The older daughter, Effia, stays behind in Africa, as the wife of a British official; her half-sister, Esi, once the pampered darling of a powerful father, is captured by raiders from another village, sold to the British, and brought to America. Each chapter of the novel is narrated from the perspective of a descendant of either Effia or Esi, one representative for each generation, and the two bloodlines alternate up to the present day.” Description by Laura Miller, The New Yorker Meet with fellow Columbia alumni for an evening of lively communication and conviviality.

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