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Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

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  • Women's Prize for Fiction longlist 2021

By Yaa Gyasi

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As a child Gifty would ask her parents to tell the story of their journey from Ghana to Alabama, seeking escape in myths of heroism and romance. When her father and brother succumb to the hard reality of immigrant life in the American South, their family of four becomes two – and the life Gifty dreamed of slips away.

Years later, desperate to understand the opioid addiction that destroyed her brother’s life, she turns to science for answers. But when her mother comes to stay, Gifty soon learns that the roots of their tangled traumas reach farther than she ever thought. Tracing her family’s story through continents and generations will take her deep into the dark heart of modern America. Transcendent Kingdom is a searing story story of love, loss and redemption, and the myriad ways we try to rebuild our lives from the rubble of our collective pasts.


10 May 2021


Absolutely loved this book: such great storytelling, so many questions raised. How can religion, science, family or friends help us through life, especially in times of trouble? All this and more is discussed in this very well written, interesting and absorbing story of one woman's life. It's heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful and a very good read. Highly recommended and a great one for book groups, too.

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