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Homegoing

by Yaa Gyasi

The Atlantic slave trade of the eighteenth century and its repercussions down the generations is the subject of this harrowing novel. The immersive narrative style packs a massive emotional punch, with unsparing details of inhuman atrocities, evoking the horrors of human trafficking around the world today.

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There are people who have done wrong because they could not see the result of the wrong .... Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your home ... like a fisherman casting a net into the water. He keeps only the one or two fish that he needs to feed himself and puts the rest in the water thinking that their lives will go back to normal. No one forgets that they were once captive, even if they are now free.

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