Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"A novel about faith, science, religion, and family that tells the deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief, narrated by a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford school of medicine studying the neural circuits of reward seeking behavior in mice"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525658184 (hardcover)
0525658181
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Branch Call Number: ON ORDER
Characteristics: pages cm

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Neuroscientist Gifty cares for her depressed mother and reflects on her childhood as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and her brother's addiction.

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brangwinn
Sep 06, 2020

“I don’t want to be thought of as a woman in science, a Black woman in science,” Gifty says early in the book. She has been raised Christian in Huntsville Alabama by her mother, an immigrant from Ghana. In this novel, Gyasi explores the differences between the home in which Gifty grew up what she finds outside. Her big brother, Nana, who Gifty admires dies of an overdose and this leads Gifty to research what happens to the brain when addiction takes hold. She did her undergraduate study at Harvard and her post graduate neurology study at Stanford. Moving back and forth from her childhood experiences to her adult experiences, Gifty also explores her evangelical religious beliefs with what she believes as a scientist. And along with that Gifty has created a beautiful portrait of her mother who she referred to as “The Black Mamba” in her childhood journal.

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