XVIIIe siècle, au temps de la traite des esclaves. Ghanéennes, Effia et Esi sont demi-soeurs mais ne se connaissent pas. La sublime Effia est mariée de force à un Anglais, le capitaine du fort de Cape Coast. Dans les cachots de ce fort sont enfermés les futurs esclaves. Parmi eux, Esi. Elle sera expédiée en Amérique. Ses enfants et petits-enfants seront continuellement jugés sur la couleur de leur peau.
La descendance d'Effia, métissée et éduquée, perpétuera le commerce triangulaire familial et devra survivre dans un pays meurtri pour des générations. Yaa Gyasi nous conte le destin d'une famille à l'arbre généalogique brisé par la cruauté des hommes. Un voyage dans le temps inoubliable.
"Maman je t'en supplie, dis-je en twi. Je te supplie d'arrêter. Je te supplie de teréveiller. Je te supplie de vivre.".
Gifty, américaine d'origine ghanéenne, est une jeune chercheuse en neurologie qui consacre sa vie à ses souris de laboratoire. Mais du jour au lendemain, elle doit accueillir chez elle sa mère, très croyante, qui n'est plus que l'ombre d'elle-même et reste enfermée dans sa chambre. Au fil de souvenirs d'enfance émouvants, Gifty s'interroge sur sa passion pour la science si opposée aux croyances de sa mère et de ses ancêtres. Sublime Royaume raconte les difficultés d'avoir une peau noire en Amérique, et le choc des générations au sein d'une famille issue de l'immigration.
Un deuxième roman qui confirme l'immense talent de Yaa Gyasi dont la plume si subtile prend toujours une force incroyable.
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B>b>A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK!br>br>INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER br>br>Yaa Gyasi''s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama/b>./b>br>br>Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family''s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi''s phenomenal debut.
Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama Gifty is a sixth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Selected for Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2017
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Book
Shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.
“Homegoing is an inspiration.” --Ta-Nehisi Coates
The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
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. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. 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.
From the Hardcover edition.