HOMEGOING, One Book Pick

Yaa Gyasi’s debut, Homegoing (PRH/Vintage; RH Audio; BOT; OverDrive Sample), was a hot manuscript, attracting multiple bids from publishers. The novel went on to win an impressive array of awards. Now in paperback it is being picked up for One Book programs.

The One Book, One Region program in southeastern Connecticut selects it for their 2017 focus. Tracee Reiser, a member of the selection committee, tells the local newspaper, The Day, “A lot of people, I think, don’t understand the history of how people from this area in Africa came to the United States and then the reoccurring oppression that resulted from enslavement. Homegoing really gives the historical analysis in a very compelling way … People can look at what systems can do to people, and we can learn from that.”

Becoming a One Book pick, which can significantly boost sales and give a title lasting power over many years, is just the next on a long list of high points for Gyasi.

The book won both the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book and the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction. The author is a Five Under Thirty-five honoree by the National Book Foundation and one of Granta‘s Best of Young American Novelists, a list they issue once a decade.

Homecoming was both an Indie Next selection and a LibraryReads pick. It was also a Librarian favorite for 2016. We did a review roundup when the hardback was published.

One Response to “HOMEGOING, One Book Pick”

  1. Brita Says:

    At least two other libraries have chosen Homegoing for One Book programs: the Deschutes Public Library in Oregon and the Watertown Free Public Library in Massachusetts, where I work!

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