Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org
EVENT FOR ADULTS


Book Discussion--Transcendent Kingdom

Thursday, September 23, at 10:00am    Add this event to your calendar
& Tuesday September 28 at 1:00pm  ; Add this event to your calendar

Location: In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell)
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Join us (in person!) to discuss the 2021 Go Big Read, Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (2020).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks.

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 griefa novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.