Yaa Gyasi and Margo Jefferson: Family Ties

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Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing, begins in 18th-century Ghana with two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, who are completely unknown to each other. While Effia is married off to a British nobleman, Esi is held in the dungeons of her sister’s castle along with many others before being sold as slaves in America. The story follows Esi’s descendants through the Civil War, The Great Migration, and mid-century Harlem. The other side of the family, still in Ghana, deals with the Asante and Fante people grappling with violent backlash from slavery and colonization. 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.

6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Roslyn Walker, the DMA’s Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, for a pre-event tour focused on works of art from Ghana. Tour sign-up will begin 30 minutes prior to the start time. Tour space is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Yaa Gyasi and Margo Jefferson will sign books shortly after their talk.
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