The Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books Community Book Club read "Homegoing" in June 2017. While this novel isn't an "easy" read in terms of subject matter, it's an absolute page-turner thanks to the superb storytelling. We all found the family tree at the front of the book very helpful when keeping track of the characters, so perhaps the audio/eBook version would be challenging. The group favourite storyline was Kojo and Anna's love story, even though it was no less harrowing than the other chapters. Our chief complaint was that we all wanted MORE! We would've happily read this book if it were twice as long, spending even more time with each of the fascinating characters.
We particularly enjoyed discussing:
- The role of race in this story - exemplified by Willie and Robert's story - and the complex role that the Asante and Fante played in the slave trade.
- The ending (no spoilers!). Does this happy/satisfying conclusion provide levity for an otherwise brutal story, or was it too "convenient" to be believable?