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Discuss the importance of names in Homegoing. What relationship do names have to family, culture, and identity? Names hold a lot of information about a person. A last name often identifies family, the given name may have a meaning in English or another language, and a middle or additional name may show a connection to religion or ancestors. In Homegoing , many of the main characters' names show their connection to Akan culture and to other characters in the book.
Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. 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. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer. From the publisher.
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Evaluate the title of the book. Why do you think that the author chose the word Homegoing? What is a homegoing and where does it appear in the novel? Explore the theme of belief. What forms of belief are depicted in the book and what purpose do these beliefs seem to serve for the characters? Do these beliefs seem to have a mostly positive or negative impact on the believer and those around them? What perspective does the book offer on the subject of beliefs and otherness?
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