Book Review: Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom

transcendent kingdom

This month I’ve read a few good books and when I say good, I mean books that have left a mark on me!

One of these books is Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom.

It’s a bit of a heavier read, but it has left me thinking about it weeks after finishing it.

Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom

The book is narrated by Gifty, a neuroscience student who is a Ghanaian immigrant who grows up in Alabama.

The novel unravels how Gifty tries to understand the opioid addiction that destroyed her brother’s life as well as her mother’s depression – and she turns to science for answers.

Throughout the novel, Gifty explores her family’s story through continents and generations and it takes her deep into the dark heart of modern America. Gifty also challenges what it means to be a Black woman in science while studying mice in her laboratory!

transcendent kingdom

Trigger Alert

It was incredibly hard reading about the effects of opioid addiction and this book makes it clear that this type of addiction doesn’t discriminate by race.

Gifty’s character also approaches issues head on – including that of religion, racism and sexuality which really left me thinking (I still am).

Transcendent Kingdom is ultimately a searing story of love, loss and redemption, and the myriad ways we try to rebuild our lives from the rubble of our collective pasts.


The book describes events or experiences which may be triggering for some however if you can handle a heavier read right now, you will not regret reading this. The narration is absolutely incredible and will certainly get you thinking.



P.S This book was sent to me by Penguin Random House for review.

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