Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK!INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national first-rate supplier Homegoing is a effective, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel approximately a Ghanaian own family in Alabama.Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine reading reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, turned into a gifted excessive faculty athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle damage left him addicted to OxyContin. Her suicidal mom is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to find out the scientific basis for the struggling she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the difficult sciences to liberate the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her formative years faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she turned into raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply transferring portrait of a circle of relatives of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief–a novel approximately faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, that is an exceptionally powerful follow-as much as Gyasi’s out of the ordinary debut.

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Yaa Gyasi’s 2nd novel, Transcendent Kingdom, takes us deep into the heart of one woman’s struggle to make experience of her life and family.

Gifty turned into born in Huntsville, Alabama, after her own family emigrated from Ghana. Now she’s carrying out a Ph.D. At Stanford, studying addiction and reward-looking for behaviors in mice. She has a personal connection with her selected subject: When she was 10, her adored older brother, Nana, died of a heroin overdose after a basketball injury left him hooked on opioids. Their mother spiraled into depression soon after. Over a decade later, Gifty brings her mom to California after the older female shows signs of some other drawing close breakdown. As Gifty keeps a watchful eye on her mom and maintains her research, she starts to enjoy the pull of the strong evangelical Christian religion of her childhood, which she’d supposed to leave at the back of in Alabama.

Gifty’s willpower to better recognize her circle of relatives’s struggling and the tension between two opposing belief systems (faith and technological know-how) forms the coronary heart of this empathetically written novel. As Gifty begins the final months of her experiments, the narrative shifts in time to include stories of Gifty’s father, referred to as the Chin-Chin Man, as well as Nana’s tragic tumble into addiction and Gifty’s single summer spent in Ghana. Gifty’s pass from the tight embrace of organized religion to the wide-open questions of the sciences is depicted in exceptional detail. The casual however cutting racism of the all-white church of her childhood, the alienation she felt as a Black Christian woman pursuing a science diploma and the unease with which she encounters other college students in her lab are all unforgettable.

Gyasi’s bestselling debut novel, Homegoing (2014), turned into a multigenerational saga that traced the households and fortunes of two Ghanaian half of sisters over 3 centuries. Despite its awareness on a unmarried own family, Transcendent Kingdom has an expansive scope that levels into fresh, relevant territories—just like the title, which shows a higher world past the existence we inhabit.

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