Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Available At: Rampart

Categories: Sexual, Violence

Description: Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities; sexual assault; and nudity.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 41: “When she heard the soft moaning, the quickened breath, she turned to face the wall of the hut. Once, just once, she had watched them where they lay, the darkness helping to cover her curiosity. Her father was hovering over her mother’s body, mobbing softly at first, and then with more force. She couldn’t see much, but it was the sounds that had interested her. The sounds her parents made together, sounds that walked a thin line between pleasure and pain. Esi both wanted and was afraid to want. So she never watched again.”

Page 101: “For the entire week after, his body had taken over the excuse-making for him, his penis lying limp between his legs each time he went to her.”

Page 192: “That night, Crippled Man turned Crazy Woman onto her back and entered her, forcefully at first, and then more timidly. She opened her eyes to see him working more slowly than he used to, using his arms to push off, push in, his sweat dripping slowly off the bridge of his nose to land on her forehead and trickle down to meet the floor.”

Page 214: “He had already unzipped his pants with his left hand. With his right hand, he stroked his penis.”

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