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Yaa Gyasi’s 5 Favorite Books from Childhood

by the Brightly Editors

Photo credit: Michael Lionstar

If you’re a follower of fiction, you’ve likely heard about or read Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi’s breathtaking debut novel that chronicles the life stories of multiple generations of a Ghanaian family, both in Ghana and the United States. A skilled and stunning work of historical fiction, Homegoing has impressed readers and critics alike, garnering stellar reader reviews and placement on top 2016 book lists published by outlets like The New York Times, NPR, Buzzfeed, and Time.com. We were thrilled to ask Gyasi about the books she loved most as a child and remembers fondly to this day. Here are some of her top reads for both young and advanced readers, and why these stories remain so dear to her.

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.