Yaa Gyasi, Author of Homegoing. For this, her debut novel, 26-year-old Gyasi was awarded the John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 honors, and the American Book Award.
"I thought that was an interesting thing to say, and that’s what I was thinking about—the things that connect us, not the things that make us different."
"This is really a bizarre position because obviously every writer hopes that one day someone else will be reading her book, not just her. But you don’t write really—or I don’t write really—with an audience or a public reception in mind. I didn’t have much published before this novel, so I hadn’t really encountered people reading my work before this. And I am not the most public-facing, outgoing person, so this is all very new to me. I don’t think there is a way to prepare for what this looks like. I have started another novel, but I am not very far into it. I haven’t really thought about how all this will affect what I will end up writing.”
Slate, Photograph via LA Times