** spoiler alert **
I picked up this book because I loved Gyasi’s debut, Homegoing. I kept reading because TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM is a treasure. The protagonist, Gifty, reconciles an evangelical christian upbringing with a career as a scientist. She processes the addiction and loss of a brother, the debilitating depression of a mother, and the loss of a father. What is remarkable is the woven nature of the narrative and the number of threads woven. From present to past and past to present, the novel invests in various story-lines and relationships so elegantly, I found myself wondering “how’d she do that?” At the time, Gyasi broke the age-old adage of “show, don’t tell” with her masterful interplay of philosophizing exposition and scene. Lessons learned and unlearned and relearned stand out as the glue. Loved the book and the audio which was masterfully narrated.