Novel Approach: Exploring science, addiction and the soul in ‘Transcendent Kingdom’

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“Transcendent Kingdom” is by Yaa Gyasi.
“Transcendent Kingdom” is by Yaa Gyasi.

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“Transcendent Kingdom” is by Yaa Gyasi.
“Transcendent Kingdom” is by Yaa Gyasi.

Photo: TinaMarie Craven / Hearst Connecticut Media /

Novel Approach: Exploring science, addiction and the soul in ‘Transcendent Kingdom’

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“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” — C.S. Lewis

Belief can be tricky. Either you wholeheartedly believe in your faith or you have niggling doubts that crop up at the most inopportune time. The narrator of our latest read finds herself trying to reconcile her religious upbringing with her scientific pursuits.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

In her brilliantly executed sophomore novel, Yaa Gyasi asks readers to follow the protagonist’s internal journey as Gifty struggles to reconcile her religious upbringing with her scientific research after her mother falls into a deep depression.

Gifty is a talented scientist working on a Ph.D. in neuroscience as she studies the brain to try to understand if the brain can be trained to …

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