8131 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
IMPORTANT: This meetup will occur on ***_Wednesday_***, not our usually day.
NOTE: We are meeting on ***_Wednesday_***. (A "second chance" meetup is scheduled for the 19th if you can't make this one.)
Our book for December is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation. Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial 1st novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer.
Attendance is capped at 20 participants because it hard to hear what people are saying if there is more than that. Please un-RSVP if your plans change and you cannot make the meeting.
Moved to Takoma Park at the beginning of 2011. Like reading. So this meetup group is perfect. :)