Archive for October, 2020

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

October 5, 2020


After having read and loved Yaa Gyasi’s sweeping, powerful multi-generational novel Homegoing, I didn’t know what to expect from this follow up novel. Transcendent Kingdom is a very different book from Homegoing, both in its smaller scale and in its stark tone. It is a very interior book in many ways. The main character, Gifty, is a neuroscientist trying to understand the science of addiction, which killed her older brother, and depression, which is slowly taking her mother away from her. The book grapples with big issues, not just addiction and mental illness, but religion and identity — almost all within the confines of Gifty’s mind, both as a child and an adult. She is a lonely child, then a very closed off adult, trying desperately to make sense out of the changes in her life, and to will it all to be ok. This is another extremely powerful and poignant book by this author that I think will stay with me for a long time. What a talent Yaa Gyasi is!

Transcendent Kingdom can be found at the Library and on Libby/Overdrive.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi