Transcendent Kingdom

Author(s): Yaa Gyasi

Fiction. | Women's Prize for Fiction

Gifty is the younger child in a family of four who have emigrated from Ghana to the American South. While her gorgeous brother is a sports hero, her father longs to return home and her mother is desperate to hold this family of four together. When Gifty's brother's glorious success on the basketball court falters, addiction strikes and the mother turns inward, and to religion, to find a cure. Each one of the characters tries to find a way to heal the heartbreak- for the mother it is God, for Gifty's father it is escape and for Gifty, our narrator - it is science. But can family love survive when the family itself feels like it is on the edge of disappearing? In her new novel, Yaa Gyasi, by turning her gaze from the historical to the present, has produced an extraordinarily acute and resonant novel about a contemporary family that is as powerful and as moving as her first novel. It confirms her position as one of America's most brilliant young novelists.


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Shortlist - Women's Prize for Fiction 2021

A piercing story of faith, science and the opioid crisis...Transcendent Kingdom really sings. There's bravery as well as beauty here -- Observer

[A] mightily enjoyable novel --Daily Mail 

Absolutely transcendent. A gorgeously woven narrative..not a word or idea out of place. I am quite angry this is so good --Roxane Gay

Transcendent Kingdom is a novel for all times --Ann Patchett

Transcendent Kingdom is a quietly magnificent novel - vivid, touching and beautifully written, and also unafraid to be, and to remain, really very sad. -- i

Perhaps neither science nor religion alone could capture...transcendence, but Gyasi has proved, once again, that a novel can --Guardian

Yaa Gyasi was born in Mampong, Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her first novel, Homegoing, was a Sunday Times bestseller, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. In 2017 Yaa Gyasi was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists and in 2019 the BBC selected her debut as one of the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World.

General Fields

  • : 9780241433386
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : penguin random house
  • : August 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Yaa Gyasi
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 813/.6
  • : 320