Yaa Gyasi

“What’s the point of all of this?” is a question that separates humans from other animals. Our curiosity around this issue has sparked everything from science to literature to philosophy to religion. When the answer to this question is “Because God deemed it so,” we might feel comforted. But what if the answer to this question is “I don’t know,” or worse still, “Nothing”?”

TRANSCENDENT KINGDOM by Yaa Gyasi was a very enjoyable, and strangely calming read. Gyasi’s writing really keeps this story moving. The language flowed beautifully and it made for a relaxing read but the subject matter was deeply thought provoking. Like a steadily flowing river, deceptively calm with a rushing current underneath.

HOMEGOING is definitely a favorite, and I will never forget the experience of reading it. I finished it on a plane and found myself in tears (has anyone else done this? I am sure the answer is yes). The person next to me asked what I was reading and when I told them they said they were going to pick it up.

This novel is very different from that one. It’s quieter and more meditative. At first I didn’t really know what to make of it, but I found myself waiting in the quiet moments of the day to pick it up and read it. I read into the wee hours of the night, closing the pages haunted by Gifty’s thoughts on addiction, remembering, depression, religion, and love. The only thing I wish we had more of was the ending. It felt rushed, but as I reflect I wonder if this was intentional. Did Gyasi give us enough information to fill in the gaps? I’m leaning towards yes, but I can see where others would disagree. I enjoyed this one, and am so excited to see what Gyasi does next.

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