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Meet the African woman whose novel is now made mandatory for freshers in an American University 

Homegoing is the novel and Yaa Gyasi is the author! 

The ‘three books’ programme from the Stanford University made the debut novel of the beautiful African-born novelist as one of the three books recommended for freshers of the University. 

This is what Stanford University Undergrad published:

Three Books is a signature Stanford New Student Orientation program for first-year and new transfer students. Each year, a faculty moderator selects three books for incoming undergraduate students to read over the summer. The program culminates in a panel and roundtable discussion with the authors during NSO, where students are given the special opportunity to ask the authors questions and hear their perspectives.
This year, our faculty moderator, Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh (Professor of Earth System Science), chose books on the theme of Sustainability & Equity:

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing,

Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and

Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones.

Homegoing is Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel and was published in 2016 by Penguin Random House. The novel has since made remarkable achievements. In 2016 it was selected for the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” award, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2017. It also received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for 2017.

Yaa Gyasi who is a Stanford alumnus is a Ghanian-American. She was born in Mampong, Ghana in 1989, but moved to the United States when she was 10 with her family.


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