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Homegoing: An Emotional Rollercoaster

The first 153 pages of Homegoing starts by introducing the lives of Effia and Esi. They are half sisters that share the same mother. Their mother gave both of them a small stone to keep with them, so as the story goes on the reader learns that the narrative is following two bloodlines: one is Effia’s and the other is Esi’s.

The sisters live dramatically different lives. Effiamarries a white man and lives a privileged life in a castle, while Esi is forced to live in the castle’s dungeon. One particularly disturbing scene describes how Esi is up to her ankles in human feces and is taken by a guard to be raped. The book is not for the faint of heart, but the read is well worth it. 

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