: Gyasi (Y.)

R 215.00
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248pp., paperback, London, (2020) 2021


A novel about a family of Ghanaian immigrants living in Alabama, USA.

"Gyasi sometimes reminds me of other writers who’ve addressed the immigrant experience in America - Jhumpa Lahiri and Yiyun Li in particular .... As in the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or the Ghanaian-American short-story writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the African immigrants in this novel exist at a certain remove from American racism, victims but also outsiders, marveling at the peculiar blindnesses of the locals ... 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

"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, author of Hunger and Difficult Women

"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, author of The Dutch House

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" honours for 2016, and the American Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn.