Author: Yaa Gyasi
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf,
Price: $ 26.95 (Hardcover)
The author of this debut novel is Yaa Gyasi— pronounced “Jessie.”
Born in Ghana, Gyasi was brought by her parents to the United States at the age of two. After stops in Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee, they settled in Huntsville, Alabama when she was ten, her father becoming a teacher of French at UAH. Gyasi is, then, an African immigrant, not an African-American, a difference which is brought out in the novel.