WATCH: Yaa Gyasi - "Transcendent Kingdom"

Photo of Gyasi courtesy of Peter Hurley/Vilcek Foundation
Photo of Gyasi courtesy of Peter Hurley/Vilcek Foundation

Time & Date

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 6:00 pm

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace Virtual EventOpen in Google Maps

Arts engagement producer Arielle Gray joins best-selling author Yaa Gyasi for a conversation about her new novel, "Transcendent Kingdom."

Event in partnership with Porter Square Books. You can purchase "Transcendent Kingdom" here.

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

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.