MEET YAA GYASI:
Transcendent Kingdom is Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her critically acclaimed national bestseller, Homegoing. Just published, it is an instant New York Times bestseller landing at No. 3 on the list. It is a powerful, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.
The protagonist, Gifty, is studying the neural circuits that trigger addiction for her doctorate at Stanford University, hoping that her painstaking studies on rats can ultimately help humans. Her interest is intensely personal. Gifty’s brother, whom she adored as a child, died of an overdose of Oxycontin. Gifty is left alone with her mother, an immigrant from Ghana, who sinks into depression and can barely leave her bed. Now a graduate student, Gifty seeks answers in the lab while grappling with her childhood faith, which she had abandoned.
Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
Her previous book, Homegoing, was winner of several awards, including:
- Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award
- Winner of the NBCC’s John Leonard Award
- Shortlisted British Book Award – Debut of Year
- A New York Times Notable Book
- A Washington Post Notable Book
- One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Mother Jones, Esquire, Elle, Paste, Entertainment Weekly, the Skimm, PopSugar, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, Financial Times, San Francisco Chronicle