Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

A novel

eBook - 2020
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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
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Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University 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 an ankle 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.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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EmilyEm
Oct 26, 2020

Now a gifted neuroscience researcher, Gifty tells the story of her family’s American lives after arriving in Alabama from Ghana years before juxtaposed with her research on addiction.

Having loved her previous book 'Homegoing,' I was anxious to read this one with its many positive recommendations. It touches on many issues in our lives today which is great. She’s a brilliant writer. I just never got invested in this story. Disappointed.

STPL_JessH Oct 10, 2020

Transcendent Kingdom is a revelation. It is absolutely stunning. I loved it emotionally and I love it objectively. It is such a departure from Homegoing and yet Gyasi's signature voice shines through. She strikes a fascinating balance with her writing that is at once stark and poetic. I finished reading it a few days ago and still have trouble talking about it. I really cannot articulate my experience of reading this book. Any description I attempt seems to fall short. I hope you have a similar experience!

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laphampeak
Sep 26, 2020

Such a well constructed story of Gifty, born of Ghanan parents, is living in Alabama with her mother and brother. After her father leaves, her racial identity questioned, her brother overdoses, and her mother enters deep depression, Gifty questions her faith. The parallel of her spiritual belief to her job in scientific research is well told - restraint vs. reward. It's her search for truth.

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uncommonreader
Sep 16, 2020

A very well written novel but the perspective of the medicalization of depression and addiction is without a broader context of factors leading to these conditions.

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mjwiggins
Sep 13, 2020

It would be impossible for a review to encompass even half of what I felt while reading this, even half of what it means to me. #ScienceSeptember

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