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May 13, 2021claragaston rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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May 02, 2021
shortlist women’s fiction. Science vs religion, opioid crisis. raves. 256 pp
Apr 21, 2021Herbivore_Reader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A moving and personal story that explores question of immigrant identity, disillusionment with (evangelical) religion, addiction, and mental illness. The story brought together a lot off different threads in an interesting way, and was…
Apr 14, 2021IndyPL_LindsayH rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Gifty is a woman with a purpose. She wants to find the cure for addiction and works tirelessly day and night to research it. Her brother succumbed to his addictions when he was a teenager and his death changed her family forever. Her…
Mar 26, 2021
Gifty is a graduate student at Stanford Medical School, using her research to answer questions that have long left holes in her life. Her brother overdosed after developing an opioid addiction, and her mother was left bed-ridden with…
Feb 11, 2021Hillsboro_RobP rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A deeply personal look into the life of a 2nd generation Ghanian immigrant in the united states, her relationship with her mother, her brother's addiction, and God. An aching and heartfelt exploration of identity, mental health,…
Feb 03, 2021JCLLisaA rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This is the first book by Gyasi I've read, but I'm eager now to read her debut novel. Transcendent Kingdom is smartly and compassionately written, a beautiful look into complicated, complex feelings and relationships. I like the parallel…
Feb 02, 2021VaughanPLRachelP rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is such a powerful, personal novel. In Yaa Gyasi's second novel, Gifty is a neuroscience PhD student reflecting on how her science education is (or isn't) at odds with her religious upbringing, and how her childhood trauma informed…
Jan 19, 2021EljayJohnson rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Gifty, who we meet as a doctoral candidate in a rigorous science discipline, was a pious and devout evangelical Christian as a child - as she puts it: "I spoke in tongues. The whole thing." She was raised in Alabama, the child of Ghanian…
Jan 11, 2021KatG1983 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Gyasi is a skilled and beautiful writer. Her work feels deeply personal, and her narrative style is easy to immerse yourself in. Transcendent Kingdom examines the intersection faith and science, and how they play out in terms of mental…
Jan 02, 2021
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Dec 26, 2020JCLS_Ashland_Kristin rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, layered look at a family of immigrants from Ghana. The family's faith traditions are Pentecostal and suffers from mental illness and addiction, and the lead character is working on a PhD in neuro chemistry. Lots of big ideas…
Dec 17, 2020sgcf rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is a soul searching, introspective story as the protagonist grapples with her evangelical roots, her longing to recognize a God, and her neuroscience research work for her PhD. Gyasi deftly explores these themes as well as…
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Dec 11, 2020JCLJenV rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A novel seeking to find understanding about life’s mysteries. I love how the main character processed her spiritual journey from childhood to adulthood.
Nov 25, 2020Chapel_Hill_KrystalB rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Sophomore efforts, especially following brilliant debuts, can be difficult to rate. In this case, I did not love Transcendent Kingdom like I did Homegoing. But still, I liked it, like a lot a lot. And I wonder if I hadn't read…
Nov 21, 2020EucaryaM rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Yaa Gyasi’s talent for writing and telling stories is undisputed here. I’ve just expected more from this story! “ The truth is we don’t know what we don’t know. We don’t even know the questions we need to ask in order to find out, but when…
Nov 12, 2020
Transcendent Kingdom is beautifully written and compulsively readable, told in the voice of Gifty, an ivy league graduate student investigating the neuroscience of reward-seeking behavior in mice. She explores the intersection of science…
Nov 07, 2020plattsla rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Gyasi writes a beautiful tale of family in Transcendent Kingdom. The topics of emigration, science, love, faith, addiction and what it means to be a family are masterfully and poetically woven together. Gifty has a powerful voice that I…
Oct 26, 2020EmilyEm rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Now a gifted neuroscience researcher, Gifty tells the story of her family’s American lives after arriving in Alabama from Ghana years before juxtaposed with her research on addiction. Having loved her previous book 'Homegoing,' I was…
Oct 10, 2020STPL_JessH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Transcendent Kingdom is a revelation. It is absolutely stunning. I loved it emotionally and I love it objectively. It is such a departure from Homegoing and yet Gyasi's signature voice shines through. She strikes a fascinating balance with…
Sep 26, 2020laphampeak rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Such a well constructed story of Gifty, born of Ghanan parents, is living in Alabama with her mother and brother. After her father leaves, her racial identity questioned, her brother overdoses, and her mother enters deep depression, Gifty…
Sep 16, 2020uncommonreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A very well written novel but the perspective of the medicalization of depression and addiction is without a broader context of factors leading to these conditions.
Sep 13, 2020mjwiggins rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
It would be impossible for a review to encompass even half of what I felt while reading this, even half of what it means to me. #ScienceSeptember
Sep 06, 2020brangwinn rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
“I don’t want to be thought of as a woman in science, a Black woman in science,” Gifty says early in the book. She has been raised Christian in Huntsville Alabama by her mother, an immigrant from Ghana. In this novel, Gyasi explores the…