GalleyCrush: Transcendent Kingdom

by Staff

Today’s GalleyCrush is Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, forthcoming from Knopf on September 8, 2020.

Perfect pitch: “Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best-seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama.”

First lines: “Whenever I think of my mother, I picture a queen-sized bed with her lying in it, a practiced stillness filling the room.” 

Book notes: Hardcover, fiction, 288 pages. 

Author bio: Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her debut novel, Homegoing, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, the PEN/Hemingway Award for a first book of fiction, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honor for 2016, and the American Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.