The Ghanaian American author Yaa Gyasi has a new novel coming in September 2020 from Alfred A. Knopf. Titled Transcendent Kingdom, it tells the story of a small Ghanaian family in Alabama, and charts the course of a young woman named Gifty, studying to become a neuroscientist, who grapples with faith, salvation, and science after her brother, once the star of his high school basketball team, becomes addicted to opioids. The news was shared on the publishing house’s Twitter handle.
TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM revolves around a young woman named Gifty, now studying to become a neuroscientist, who grapples with faith, salvation, and science after her brother, once the star of his high school basketball team, becomes addicted to opioids.
— Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf) September 26, 2019
Yaa Gyasi’s first novel, Homegoing, was acquired by G. P. Putnam’s Sons for a million dollars. The novel, which covers over 200 years of historical events, shifting from Ghana to Alabama and Harlem in the US, was published in 2016 to widespread acclaim. It received the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the American Book Award, and secured Gyasi a place on Granta‘s Best of Young American Novelists 2017. We shared an excerpt from the novel.
Best wishes to Yaa Gyasi from us.
NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect a change in publication date from July 2020 to September 2020.