2021 — 2022 Go Big Read Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom

2021 – 2022 Go Big Read Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

Gifty is a PhD candidate in neuroscience 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 church in which she was raised. It’s a moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants in a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

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About the Author Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel Homegoing and a recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2016 "5 Under 35" Award. 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. Her second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, was published in September 2020. She lives in New York City.


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November 3, 2021 @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.
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A note from the Chancellor Rebecca Blank

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom as the 2021 – 2022 Go Big Read book.

To learn more, see the official press release.