RaveThe Guardian...shows that Cole has fulfilled the dazzling promise of his novels. He ranges over his interests with voracious keenness, laser-sharp prose, an open heart and a clear eye. His subjects are diverse and disparate. Readers are certain to find a personal favourite ... There is such richness in these essays that it is not possible, in this short space, to do justice to all their delights.
RaveThe Financial Times...[a] deeply empathetic novel ... Homegoing is an affecting examination of the soul-destroying and lingering effects of slavery ... Reading Homegoing can be a disconcerting experience: just as you have settled in with one character, the chapter ends and you move to another. This is by no means a complaint; it is precisely this unsettling quality that is so powerful about the novel ... Homegoing is particularly honest in its unflinching and resolute refusal to hide from unpleasant facts ... Homegoing is a first novel, and therefore is not without its faults. The language can be overwrought to the point of occlusion. Nor is the dialogue always convincing; it is sometimes difficult to distinguish one voice from the next, and the rendering of African-American argot falls wincingly on the ear. But these are minor complaints to put to the writer of such a wonderfully evocative and compassionate novel — one that, given her tender age, shows deftness, depth and maturity. Homegoing is a gift to its readers, and a treasure to cherish.