Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

Gifty is a fifth-year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her.

But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.

Title:Transcendent Kingdom
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525658184
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    Transcendent Kingdom Reviews

  • Roxane

    Absolutely transcendent. A gorgeously woven narrative about a woman trying to survive the grief of a brother lost to addiction and a mother trapped in depression while pursuing her ambitions. Not a wo...

  • chai ?

    I read this book in an intense, insomniac lull and it was quite the transcendent experience. Full review to come....

  • Cindy

    A really sad and thoughtful piece that questions religion and science in the face of familial loss and addiction. Though the book didn’t quite hit me as hard personally, I still think there’s a lo...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    This book just ruined me! I barely breathe, breaking out in sobs. I have to pull myself together! Come on, stop crying. Here comes hiccups! I have to breath in and breath out! Wow! This is one of thos...

  • Maxwell

    [3.5 stars] “What’s the point of all of this?” is a question that separates humans from other animals. Our curiosity around this issue has sparked everything from science to literature to phil...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    “Nana’s addiction had become the sun around which all our lives revolved. I didn’t want to stare directly at it. … She thought the problem would just go away, because what did we know about ad...

  • Tatiana

    I feel uncharitable criticizing a book so personal to the author and so relatable to me (I wish I didn't live through some, a lot of this), but I think this novel would have been better written a coup...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook... read by the brilliant Bahni Turpin Yaa Gyasi is insanely talented!!This book shimmers from start to finish! Loved, loved, loved it!!!Highly addictive enjoyable novel. It’s hilarious and...

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up.Yaa Gyasi's newest novel, Transcendent Kingdom , is a beautiful, moving look at grief, faith, family, and science.Gifty is studying for her PhD in neuroscience at Stanford. He...

  • Karen

    Gifty is the narrator of this story.She is a young woman/grad student, daughter of Ghanaian immigrants and she is studying neuroscience.. trying to find what lies at the core of human beings.Gifty, as...