Yaa Gyasi and ‘Transcendent Kingdom’
Now that we have announced our awesome Go Big Read book for 2021-2022, here’s a little more about the book and it’s author, Yaa Gyasi.
Transcendent Kingdom follows the story of Gifty, a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine who studies reward-seeking behavior in mice as it relates to depression and addiction.
Throughout the book, Gifty grapples with understanding and reconciling her work in the hard sciences with her religious upbringing while also dealing with her depressed mother, who is living in Gifty’s bed, and the remaining trauma of losing her brother Nana to a heroin overdose. This story also addresses issues with immigration and reconciling different cultures, race, and family.
This year’s Go Big Read book was written by author, Yaa Gyasi.
For more information on Yaa Gyasi and Transcendent Kingdom, check out the publisher’s website: Transcendent Kingdom
Student Assistant, Go Big Read Office