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InstaReview: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

"We humans are reckless with our bodies, reckless with our lives, for no other reason than that we want to know what would happen, what it might feel like to brush up against death, to run right up to the edge of our lives, which is, in some ways, to live fully."

If you don’t already know… Yaa Gyasi is a force of nature. She made waves with her debut novel, Homegoing, and managed to blow us away again with Transcendent Kingdom, a completely different kind of novel.

In Transcendent Kingdom we follow Gifty, our heroine, a graduate student struggling with trying to understand addiction, depression and grief, all while reckoning with her spirituality. She approaches these struggles in a detached, rational way through her scientific thesis project, and in a deeply personal way as it directly impacts her life.

Gyasi’s prose is exquisite in its simultaneous directness and eloquence. We had some mixed emotions about the ending, bringing us to a still glowing 4.5 star rating 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫


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