by Yaa Gyasi
I absolutely loved this book. I have never read anything like it and I could not put it down. This book follows the stories of two half sisters (who have never met), and their families, all the way from Africa, where one is taken captive on a slave ship and sent to America, and the other, who is sold to a slave captain to be his wife where she remains in Africa. Each chapter is a vignette of one generation in the family, either in Africa or America, showing a glimpse of both the history and culture of the life they lead, and how the choices both intentional and those forced upon them, have shaped their lives. It was fascinating to learn some of the history of Africa through the eyes of African people while also witnessing different time periods in American history (slavery, Harlem Renaissance, Jim Crow) through the eyes of African Americans. The way Gyasi completes her story perfectly wraps up the novel.