Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

30070018.jpg– Hell was a place of remembering, each beautiful moment passed through the mind’s eye until it fell to the ground like a rotten mango, perfectly useless, uselessly perfect. –

– Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves. –

– You cannot stick a knife in a goat and then say, Now I will remove my knife slowly, so let things be easy and clean, let there be no mess. There will always be blood. –

– Harlem felt like a big black band with so many heavy instruments, the city stage was collapsing. –

– If we go to the white man for school, we will just learn the way the white man wants us to learn. We will come back and build the country the white man wants us to build. One that continues to serve them. –

– So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. –

Homegoing, published by Penguin Random House

My interview with the author on behalf of SSDA: http://bit.ly/2at6PYh

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