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Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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"Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Spectacular." --Zadie Smith "Powerful. . . . Compelling. . . . Illuminating." --The Boston Globe "A blazing success." --Los Angeles Times "I could not put this book down." --Roxane Gay

"Devastating. . . . Luminous." --Entertainment Weekly "A beautiful story." --Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

"Spellbinding." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dazzling. . . . Devastating. . . . Truly captivating." --The Washington Post "Brims with compassion. . . . Yaa Gyasi has given rare and heroic voice to the missing and suppressed." --NPR "Tremendous . . . Spectacular. . . . Essential reading." --San Francisco Chronicle "Magical. . . . Hypnotic. . . . Yaa Gyasi [is] a stirringly gifted writer." --The New York Times Book Review

"Powerful. . . . Gyasi has delivered something unbelievably tough to pull off: a centuries-spanning epic of interlinked short stories. . . . She has a poet's ability to pain a scene with a handful of phrases." --The Christian Science Monitor

"Thanks to Ms. Gyasi's instinctive storytelling gifts, the book leaves the reader with a visceral understanding of both the savage realities of slavery and the emotional damage that is handed down, over the centuries. . . . By its conclusion, the characters' tales of loss and resilience have acquired an inexorable and cumulative emotional weight." --The New York Times

"[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. . . . No novel has better illustrated the way in which racism became institutionalized in this country." --Vogue

"Gyasi gives voice, and an empathetic ear, to the ensuing seven generations of flawed and deeply human descendants, creating a patchwork mastery of historical fiction." --Elle "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

"Rich. . . . Fascinating. . . . Each chapter is tightly plotted, and there are suspenseful, even spectacular climaxes." --Vulture

"[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 "Homegoing weaves a spectacular epic. . . . Gyasi gives voice not just to a single person or moment, but to a resonant chorus of eight generations." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"Moving. . . . Compelling. . . . Gyasi is an enormously talented writer." --The Dallas Morning News

"I cannot remember the last time I read a novel that made me want to use the adjective perfect. . . . Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing is a feat rarely achieved: a book with the scope of world history and the craft of something much smaller. . . . The cumulative effect is staggering." --Molly McArdle, Brooklyn Magazine

"Carrying on in the tradition of her foremothers--like Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Assia Djebar and Bessie Head--Gyasi has created a marvelous work of fiction that both embraces and re-writes history." --Paste

"Impressive . . . intricate in plot and scope. . . . Homegoing serves as a modern-day reconstruction of lost and untold narratives--and a desire to move forward." --Miami Herald "Heart-wrenching . . . . Yaa Gyasi's assured Homegoing is a panorama of splendid
faces." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A remarkable achievement, marking the arrival of a powerful new voice in fiction." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Luminous. . . . The author thrillingly depicts her characters' migrations from mud-hut villages to Harlem's jazz clubs to Ghana's silvered beaches, celebrating how place and fate shape us all." --Oprah.com "Epic . . . a timely, riveting portrayal of the global African Diaspora--and the aftereffects that linger on to this day." --The Root "An emotional, beautiful, and remarkable book. . . . Homegoing is stunning--a truly heartbreaking work of literary genius." --Bustle

"An important, riveting page-turner filled with beautiful prose, Homegoing shoots for the moon and lands right on it." --Buzzfeed

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