Books and Bathrobes with Yaa Gyasi
Books & Bathrobes With Yaa Gyasi
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Literary Affairs invites you to an exclusive ONLINE Books & Bathrobes event with New York Times bestselling author Yaa Gyasi about her novel Transcendent Kingdom. Join us on Zoom for a book club style conversation between Julie Robinson and Yaa Gyasi who was our Medici Book Club Prize winner in 2017 for her debut novel Homegoing. The conversation will be followed by a Q & A.
Tuesday, October 27
10:30am – 12pm
The safety and comfort of your own home.
Bathrobes or sweats encouraged.
$15 requested to help defray our costs. NO REFUNDS.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief — a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi’s phenomenal debut.