NEA Big Read
Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is a historical fiction novel told in stories that follows several generations of one family starting with the Atlantic Slave Trade in the 1700s and ending in the mid-2000s. Illuminating slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed, Homegoing shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
Ways to Get Involved
Read the book
Our book's topics and themes are timely and relevant.
Attend our events
Our events offer a variety of perspectives, experiences, and angles on the book.
Interact with others
Our goal is that you listen and learn from others as well as sharing your own ideas and experiences.
Our community becomes stronger when you make positive changes in response to your interactions with the book.
Find The Book
Participating libraries will host book giveaways in late October.
You can also check out the titles at participating libraries starting in June. Book club bags are available.
- Cook Library (Western Theological Seminary)
- Fennville District Library
- Gary Byker Library of Hudsonville
- Georgetown Township Public Library
- Herrick District Library
- Howard Miller Public Library
- Loutit District Library
- Patmos Library
- Saugatuck-Douglas District Library
- Spring Lake District Library
- Van Wylen Library (Hope College)
Together we acknowledge that we gather, in West Michigan, on the traditional land of the Peoria, Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe Peoples, past and present.
We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.
As a community, we recognize the ever present systemic inequities that stem directly from past wrongdoings. We are grateful for the ways in which stories and words can speak truth and shed insight to these inequalities and wrongdoings, and also provide a way forward towards equality, justice and understanding.
Through these Big Read events and beyond, we commit to respecting and reconciling this long history of injustice, and commit to be better stewards of this land we inhabit.