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From the best-selling author of Homegoing comes a searing novel of love and loss, addiction and redemption, straight from the heart of contemporary America.
As a child Gifty would ask her parents to tell the story of their journey from Ghana to Alabama, seeking escape in myths of heroism and romance. When her father and brother succumb to the hard reality of immigrant life in the American South, their family of four becomes two - and the life Gifty dreamed of slips away.
Years later, desperate to understand the opioid addiction that destroyed her brother's life, she turns to science for answers. But when her mother comes to stay, Gifty soon learns that the roots of their tangled traumas reach farther than she ever thought. Tracing her family's story through continents and generations will take her deep into the dark heart of modern America.
"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 light the rest of us can follow." (Ann Patchett)
"Absolutely transcendent. A gorgeously woven narrative...not a word or idea out of place. The range. I am quite angry this is so good." (Roxane Gay)
"A stirringly gifted writer." (New York Times)
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Love Gyasi's style of writing, the back and forth from the past to the present keeps the story engaging. The message is pertinent to society's response to depression and addiction, particularly the way families experience it internally and externally as well as from within the health sciences. I didn't anticipate as much Christian influence as there was. Compared with Home Going, which didn't really have any mention of it. Still a wonderful eye opening and deeply meaningful read.
The narrator's voice takes time to get used to. It was quite piercing on the ears initially, especially with earphones. I wouldn't eagerly listen to books read by Turpin again.
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