Yaa Gyasi is a Ghanaian-American novelist whose debut novel, Homegoing, brought her, at the age of 26, National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" honors for 2016.
Born in Mampong, Ghana, she is the daughter of Kwaku Gyasi, a professor of French at University of Alabama in Huntsville, and her mother Sophia, who is a nurse. Her family moved to the United States in 1991 when her father was completing his Ph.D. at Ohio State University. The family also lived in Illinois and Tennessee, and from the age of 10, Gyasi was reared in Huntsville, Alabama. She lives in Berkeley, California.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stanford, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.