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Transcendent Kingdom
By (author): Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi

Imprint:

Bond Street Books

ISBN:

9780385695176

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

General Trade
Sep 01, 2020
$32.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9.56in x 5.93 x 1.19 in | 1.18 lb

Page Count:

288 pages
Doubleday Canada
Bond Street Books
FICTION / Literary
 
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2021, Long-listed Women's Prize for Fiction 2021, Short-listed
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.


Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University’s School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behaviour 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 a knee 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 hard science to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief—a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written and emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi’s phenomenal debut.

SALES TRACK: We have sold nearly 45,000 copies of Homegoing to date, an astonishing achievement for a debut literary novel, and a testament to the inimitable storytelling gifts of this author and the potential reach of her audience.

PROMOTABLE: Yaa is exceptionally warm, interesting and engaged. She is a terrific promoter for her work.

TIMELY SUBJECT: While the story is gripping and tender, this is also a deeply political novel, delving into the complexities of Black mental health, and timely in its grappling with the opioid crisis in the United States and its inextricable link with racial and socioeconomic disparity, especially pertaining to immigrants, as well as the role of religion in our modern, arguably immoral times.

YAA 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. She lives in Brooklyn.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR WOMEN'S FICTION PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

A BEST BOOK OF 2020

Harper’s Bazaar ? NPR ? Good Housekeeping ? Glamour ? Book Riot ? Library Journal ? Washington Post ? Amazon ? Marie Claire ? Kirkus Reviews ? Vanity Fair ? Entertainment Weekly ? Town and Country ? Indigo ? BBC ? USA Today ? Parade ? Real Simple ? Apartment Therapy ? Refinery29

"Brilliant. . . . Transcendent Kingdom trades the blazing brilliance of Homegoing for another type of glory, more granular and difficult to name." —Nell Freudenberger, The New York Times Book Review

"[Transcendent Kingdom] confirms Gyasi's literary prowess. . . An intensely emotional and deeply vulnerable examination of family, belonging, race, mental illness and addiction, Transcendent Kingdom delves into the mystery of the soul and what ties us to one another. . . . [It] could not differ more in scope, tone, and topic from Gyasi's brilliant 2016 debut Homegoing. She flexes different muscles this time around—Transcendent Kingdom is quiet and introspective, where Homegoing was loud and expansive. It is philosophical rather than historical. And it is soul-wrenching rather than jubilant. [But] there's no sophomore slump here—potent and moving, Transcendent Kingdom shows Gyasi's incredible range and solidifies her place as one of the most enlightened writers of her generation." —Winnipeg Free Press

"Meticulous, psychologically complex. . . . At once a vivid evocation of the immigrant experience and a sharp delineation of an individual's inner struggle, the novel brilliantly succeeds on both counts." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Gyasi's wise second novel pivots toward intimacy. . . . In precise prose, Gyasi creates an ache of recognition, especially for readers knowledgeable about the wreckage of addiction. Still, she leavens this nonlinear novel with sly humor. . . . The author is astute about childhood grandiosity and a pious girl's deep desire to be good; she conveys in brief strokes the notched, nodding hook of heroin's oblivion." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The novel is full of brilliantly revealing moments, sometimes funny, often poignant. . . . [Gifty is] provokingly vital." —James Wood, The New Yorker

"Profoundly moving. . . . Through deliberate and precise prose, [Transcendent Kingdom] becomes an expansive meditation on grief, religion and family." —The Boston Globe

"Laser-like. . . . A powerful, wholly unsentimental novel about family love, loss, belonging and belief that is more focused but just as daring as its predecessor, and to my mind even more successful. . . . [Transcendent Kingdom] is burningly dedicated to the question of meaning. . . . The pressure created gives her novel a hard, beautiful, diamantine luster." —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"A book of blazing brilliance . . . of profound scientific and spiritual reflection that recalls the works of Richard Powers and Marilynne Robinson. . . . A double helix of wisdom and rage twists through the quiet lines. . . . Thank God, we have this remarkable novel." —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"A stealthily devastating novel of family, faith and identity that’s as philosophical as it is personal. . . . It’s bravura storytelling by Gyasi, so different in scope, tone and style from her 2016 debut Homegoing. That, too, was brilliant literature, as expansive as Transcendent Kingdom is interior. . . . The range Gyasi displays in just two books is staggering." —USA Today

"Elegant. . . . Transcendent Kingdom burrows into the philosophical, exploring with complexity what it might mean for us to live without firm answers to the mysteries that wound us. . . . The measured restraint of Gyasi’s prose makes the story’s challenging questions all the more potent." —The San Francisco Chronicle

"Poised to be the literary event of the fall." —Entertainment Weekly

"The Homegoing author's new novel works in a completely different register. . . . A book of profound scientific and spiritual reflection, [Transcendent Kingdom] recalls the works of Richard Powers and Marilynne Robinson, though it's anything but derivative. Gyasi's ability to interrogate medical and religious issues in the context of America’s fraught racial environment makes her one of the most enlightening novelists writing today." —The Washington Post

"I would say that Transcendent Kingdom is a novel for our time (and it is) but it is so much more than that. It is a novel for all times. The splendor and heart and insight and brilliance contained in the pages holds up a light the rest of us can follow." —Ann Patchett

"Absolutely transcendent. A gorgeously woven narrative about a woman trying to survive the grief of a brother lost to addiction and a mother trapped in depression while pursuing her ambitions. Not a word or idea out of place. Completely different from Homegoing. THE RANGE. I am quite angry this is so good." —Roxane Gay

"[Transcendent Kingdom] will stay with you long after you've finished it." —Real Simple

"Unforgettable. . . . Transcendent Kingdom has an expansive scope that ranges into fresh, relevant territories—much like the title, which suggests a better world beyond the life we inhabit."
—BookPage, starred review

"With deft agility andundeniable artistry, Gyasi’s latest is an eloquent examination of resilient survival." —Booklist

"Multilayered and beautifully written. . . . Truly a compelling read that you'll think about for weeks to come, Transcendent Kingdom illustrates that life is messy, painful, and sometimes, utterly beautiful. Furthermore, Gyasi weaves in so many metaphysical questions throughout the pages, it will have you pondering about the aspects of life we take for granted. Those who can handle a heavier read will not regret picking up Transcendent Kingdom. Between the incredible narration and easy-to-follow time jumps, it will be a book you think about weeks after finishing it." —PopSugar

"[Gyasi] probes the boundaries of despair and grief—and love—to powerful effect in Transcendent Kingdom, revealing the ways we seek to rationalize emotionally incomprehensible things. As Gifty navigates her conflicting desires—reason and faith—Gyasi nimbly shows how human the desire is to reconcile the tragedies that surround us, to search for meaning, and to come to terms with all that we will never know.” —Refinery29

"Yaa Gyasi stunned us with her first novel Homegoing, and she proceeds to pull on our heartstrings again with Transcendent Kingdom, a story about family, loss, and faith." —Apartment Therapy

"Achingly lovely. . . . This is a quiet, ruminative story, proceeding through its ideas as carefully and deliberately as cautious Gifty proceeds when she makes her way through an experiment. The pleasure of Transcendent Kingdom comes from peeling back all that deliberation." —Vox

"[Transcendent Kingdom] offers a powerful perspective on addiction and race. . . . Gyasi's first-person narrative is confiding and atmospheric. . . . An absorbing, moving book." —Financial Times

"We saw Yaa Gyasi's incredible talent in Homegoing, but her sophomore novel shows even more depth and range. Transcendent Kingdom is heartbreaking, perspective-changing, and completely unforgettable." —Book Riot

"Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply raw, compassionate and intimate novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama, ravaged by addiction, depression and grief. . . . With a laser-like focus on its characters, the author dissects grief with a deft touch, peeling back the layers of human suffering with unsentimental precision. . . . [Transcendent Kingdom] is nothing short of a masterpiece and a work of whispered beauty." —Zoella Book Club

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