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Yaa Gyasi’s first novel Homegoing was published in 2016.

The Ghanaian American author Yaa Gyasi has a new novel coming in July 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.

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.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. His works have appeared in McSweeneys, the Charles River Journal, Clarion Review and elsewhere. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his works have earned him nominations for the Awele Creative Trust Award and the Gerald Kraak Prize in 2017 and 2019 respectively. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as one of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction, with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a stringer for the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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