New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Yaa Gyasi to laid in publisher's bookplate. Stated first edition. 9 1/2" X 5 7/8". 261pp. Mild shelfwear to dust jacket. Bound in orange paper over boards, with spine backed in black and lettered in silver. Some gentle bumping to corners and very faint spot to upper board. Binding is firm, tight, sound, and pages are clean, bright, and unread. A highly presentable signed first printing of the instant New York Times bestseller, Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing, and a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.
ABOUT TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM:
Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior 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 an ankle 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 the hard sciences 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, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut. Very good + / very good +. Item #6778