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2021 Common Reading Book: Transcendent Kingdom
First year students: Submit a question for Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi will answer questions from first-year students about Transcendent Kingdom on August 22nd at 2 pm!
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 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.
Yaa Gyasi on Late Night with Seth Myers
Seth Myers interviews Yaa Gyasi about drawing on her own experiences, and those of her neuroscientist friend, to write Transcendent Kingdom:
Yaa Gyasi in conversation with Brit Bennett
Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half, talks with Yaa Gyasi about Transcendent Kingdom: