Review

Here is an eloquent self-portrait of several generations of a black family and the search for dignity within the American dream. It is a book about small but nevertheless promising futures - a book with the appeal that audiences found in Roots.
Despite its initial promise, the north is no longer the Promised Land for the blacks. In increasing numbers they are returning to the south, even at the cost of losing the economic security found in northern cities. Going' Home is the story of one such family's migration, told in its own words.
Mr. And Mrs, 'Bud' Stanford live in the sleepy town of Eufaula, Alabama where for fifty years they have surrounded themselves with the fruits of their labour and loves. They have watched the changes in race relationships but have remained isolated from their development. However, for their sons, Hayward, and twenty-four-year-old Arthur, times have changed, and both men set off for Boston with hopes of better opportunities. Arthur, during his six year stay, finds his wife Alma, but the better life proves bitter. Boston with its traditions of democracy and its symbols of freedom is divided by racial prejudice of frightening magnitude and its subtle forms of prejudice erode self-esteem and human dignity.
Finally, Arthur and Alma leave Boston with their younger son for Atlanta, and then ultimately build a house on the Stanford land. Although they live in conditions bordering on poverty, they believe that close to their roots they may achieve the inner happiness that will be their version of the American dream.
Goin' Home is a poignant story that brings the plight and promise of a new generation of black Americans into sharp and dramatic focus.

US - G.P. Putnam's Sons