#BlackStarDelight: Yaa Gyasi’s new book is one of most anticipated titles in September

Yaa Gyasi’s upcoming novel is one of the most anticipated books in the month of September. ‘Transcendent Kingdom’ is one of 15 titles listed by Barnes & Noble, Inc,...

Yaa Gyasi’s upcoming novel is one of the most anticipated books in the month of September.

‘Transcendent Kingdom’ is one of 15 titles listed by Barnes & Noble, Inc, an American bookseller with the largest number of retail outlets in the United States as “must-read new releases.”

It is a follow-up to Gyasi’s debut novel ‘Homecoming,’ and tells the story of a family colliding with addiction and grief through the push and pull of science and faith.

This novel is as beautiful as it is devastating and offers a powerful look at how we process and seek to contain the suffering around us. We think Ann Patchett may have said it best when she said “Transcendent Kingdom is a novel for our time…but it is so much more than that. It is a novel for all times,” reads a note about the novel.

Gyasi was born in Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

She is the daughter of Kwaku Gyasi, a professor of French at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and her mother Sophia, a nurse.

Her family relocated to the United States of America in 1991 where her father completed his Ph.D at Ohio State University.

They lived in Illinois and Tennessee. From the age of 10, young Gyasi was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. 

She got hooked on writing after submitting her first story to a young author’s competition and receiving a letter of achievement for her effort.

She completed her debut novel ‘Homecoming’ in 2015. 

“The novel is inspiring readers to dig into their own family history. That response from people is really cool,” says Gyasi on her highlight.

Gyasi won The John Leonard Prize for best first book at the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2017 PEN/Hemingway Award, American Book Award and Audie Award for Literacy Fiction & Classics for her novel Homecoming.

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