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Transcendent Kingdom
Transcendent Kingdom | Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University's School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behaviour 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 a knee 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 hard science 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 and emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.
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notreallyelaine

Nothing teaches you the true nature of your friendships like a sudden death, worse still, a death that‘s shrouded in shame.

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Nikki_E
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Best book of April 2021

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Hannah_11
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Pickpick

I have so much love for this! When people ask “what‘s your book about?” I found it impossible to explain in a few words. There are so many themes and layers to this novel it could be about religion, race, addiction, culture, science..I could go on and on. Fundamentally it is a beautifully written book about what it‘s like to be human 💜 #pick #transcendentkingdom

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Oryx
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Thought this was was superb. I loved it. I loved that main character was a scientist, and the book's exploration of science, religion, family, guilt, love, addiction.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! I‘ve heard great things! 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 1mo
Soubhiville I loved it too. I think this is my favorite version of the cover, too. 1mo
DivineDiana On my shelf too! It will be read in 2022! 1mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Pickpick

I finished this one today, too. I'm not going to lie, it hit a little close to home as I grew up with an older sister who struggled with addiction. I always felt so alone in my feelings toward it, but this book changed that for me.

Erin.Elizabeth10 @Rachel.Rencher I read this one this year too! 1mo
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Jemgirl2014
Mehso-so

This book was on my shelf for a little over a year and it could have stayed there a little longer. A bit too philosophical for my taste. I really disliked my philosophy course when I was in college. I'm glad I'm done with this book so I can move on to something else. Praise the Lord.

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Jemgirl2014
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2 hours read. #EndofYearReadathon #WapitUpReadathon 2×15×2 =60pts + 39 words found ×10=390
Total points= 450
#2021Wintergames #TeamMistletoeManiacs @Clwojick

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IuliaC
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Rarely do I finish a book and feel like I don‘t need to say a word about it, in a good way, to just interiorize the narrator's confession. The emotions it triggers are simply overwhelming. It is indeed a story about the harsh reality of immigrant life, opioid addiction and depression, love and loss, about turning to science for answers, but most of all it seems to be an exploration of the extent to which faith is able to ensure transcendence.

BeaG I enjoyed this one too! 2mo
IuliaC @BeaG me too 👍I found out about it here on Litsy 😊 2mo
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IuliaC
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"I had to try to understand, to extrapolate from that limited understanding in order to apply it to those of us who made up the species Homo Sapiens, the most complex animal, the only animal who believed he had transcended his Kingdom... That belief, that transcendence, was held within this organ [the brain] itself. Infinite, unknowable, soulful, perhaps even magical. I had traded the Pentecostalism of my childhood for this new religion [science]"

mackelie I really want to read this book! It‘s on my TBR! 2mo
IuliaC @mackelie It's been on my TBR for a long time and I've just started it 😃 I like it so far! 2mo
BarbaraBB I so loved this one. 2mo
IuliaC @BarbaraBB 👍 I'm about halfway through it and love it! 2mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Next up 🤓

BarbaraBB Enjoy! 2mo
Libby1 I loved this book. 2mo
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MeganLindell
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • Tackles a lot and is so well-written. Religion, race, addiction, depression, science — could be messy but isn‘t. As others have noted, very different from Homegoing.

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bekakins
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Pickpick

Beautifully written, but very melancholy. Looking forward to discussing this one at my book club next week!

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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So good! Such a moving and powerful story filled with detail, emotion, and meaning. Loved it!!

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Lesliereads
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Pickpick

I realize, now, that when I began reading this, I may have been in need of a “warmer” book, or one that makes more beautiful use of language. Gifty‘s sorrow and loneliness and grief are so palpable, even while she tells her sensitive story from a kind of clinical distance. The questions that she poses - about God and science and personal agency and religion and faith - are lingering and mighty. 4/5 ⭐️s.

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>> 𝙶𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚗𝚘𝚘𝚗, 𝙻𝚒𝚝𝚜𝚒𝚊𝚗𝚜 🙂🍁
𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚊 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚌 𝚂𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚊𝚢! 𝙶𝚘 𝙶𝚊𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚜 (𝙵𝙻) & 𝚃𝚒𝚐𝚎𝚛𝚜 (𝙰𝚄) 🏈

I hope to spend some more time with the tagged book this afternoon/evening during my downtime. I am halfway thru & while it prob won‘t be a fave of the year, it‘s good on audio & holding my interest.

Wʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋᴇɴᴅ?

#currentlyreading

LatrelWhite Yes Gators & AU😉 4mo
LatrelWhite The Silent Patient! 4mo
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bibliobliss @LatrelWhite it‘s on my tbr. Are you enjoying it? 4mo
LatrelWhite @bibliobliss Yes, I had the ebook a while but I loved “The Maidens” oh yeah by the way… I‘m from Huntsville, AL (Yaa Gyasi) (edited) 4mo
bibliobliss @LatrelWhite Small world! I‘m in Alabama, a few hours from Huntsville. It‘s neat that this talented bestselling author is from this state!! 4mo
LatrelWhite @bibliobliss Yes definitely small world! So proud of her.☺️ 4mo
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vivastory
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True to my word, I have to say this is one of the most extreme things I have done for books in awhile.

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
KathyWheeler Transcendent Kingdom was just beautiful. I loved it. 4mo
Jas16 I thought about you when they winner was announced. 4mo
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JamieArc I need to move this up my TBR. 4mo
Laughterhp I own this one but haven‘t read it yet! 4mo
Ruthiella The things we‘ll do for our devotion to literature. I‘m sure Yaa Gyasi appreciates it! 👏👏👏 4mo
Megabooks Oh Scott! That‘s commitment. I was a bit surprised by Piranesi as well. I liked it but preferred TK as well. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I love Homegoing like you love TK, so I have mad respect for Gyasi and want to see her recognized as well. Kudos for putting your beard on the line! 4mo
Kimberlone Kudos on the commitment! 4mo
squirrelbrain Woah, that‘s commitment! 4mo
marleed That‘s great! 4mo
LeahBergen Hahaha! You look great! 4mo
rwmg Aaaah but did you inform the jury so they knew what the consequences of a wrong decision would be? 4mo
youneverarrived I love that you actually did it 😂 4mo
BarbaraBB You did it! I remember that post. Looking good!! 4mo
Reggie Lolol, looking smooth, buddy! Sorry bout the loss. 4mo
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Oryx
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Finally got my penguin bookmarks free book @squirrelbrain

The book I originally picked never arrived, so I got to pick from a new selection, and they had this one. ❤️

Soubhiville I love this cover. 5mo
Caroline2 Awesome! I‘m dying to read this book. I absolutely loved her first one. 👍 5mo
squirrelbrain Oh great book! Probably a good thing that you ended up having to choose again! 😁 5mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain it was. I remember the first one was the best of a bad bunch, and I wasn't that interested in it. Can't remember what it was, but it worked out well! 5mo
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callielafleur
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I have now read all of the Women's Prize shortlisted books for this year, and this one was as excellent as the rest. TW for substance abuse.

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BooksMcD
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A nice day to start a new book❣️

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staci.reads
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@Hestapleton Thanks for choosing this amazing book for your #LMPBC selection! This is a powerful book with gorgeous writing. I was blown away by how smart and vulnerable the writing is. I loved it, and I loved reading your thoughts on it!
Sending it your way soon @Mynameisacolour ! @LiteraryinLawrence #groupv

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

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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AlysonCE
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Panpan

I feel guilty for 'panning' this considering the subject and the fact that Homegoing was one of my favourites last year, but I just didn't like it. Main character, Gifty, didn't grow until the last 2 pages when the whole of her future was wedged in with no explanation. Just felt like rambling pages of religion vs science, with what could have been a very interesting story about loss, depression, religon, race and addiction badly woven within it.

StellaB I didn‘t get very far with this either. 5mo
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DanaManiac
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5 ⭐️

I can‘t find enough words to explain Joe much I love this book.

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sharread
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5 big stars 💫💫💫💫💫 This was a heartfelt soulful read about family, love, life and how God strengthens us. This reads like a memoir but is a piece of fiction. Gifty the main character tells her story from the first person divulging secrets about her family, career and personal relationships. Definitely a feel good read.

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BarbaraBB
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#midyearfaves

The upcoming days I will be posting 1 of my 10 favorite books of the year so far - with a few thoughts on them.

Gifty is one of my favourite characters of the year. She is a scientist so she tries to make sense of it all: death, religion, grief, addiction, her sexuality, het Ghanaian descent. I loved all about her. And about Gyaasi for that matter. Her writing is fantastic.

Addison_Reads One of my faves too. I read it this month and fell in love with the writing and Gifty. 7mo
vivastory 💯 So brilliant 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Homegoing was very good..will put this on my radar. 7mo
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Yahui07
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I can relate to the conflicts with mother and the questions about God. However, I like “Homegoing” more than this book. Probably my expectation was too high.

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Addison_Reads
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#CuriousCovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

My favorite read so far this month and one of my favorites of the year too. Such a great book. 💞

Eggs 🌸🌷📚 7mo
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Kdgordon88
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#CuriousCovers Day 16 #Pink

Another book I‘m anxious to read this year.

Addison_Reads I used this one today too. I finished it recently and loved it. 7mo
Eggs Great choice 🌸🌷💗 7mo
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BekaReid
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This book was compelling with plain prose that just contains so much - science, religion, addiction, depression, grief, hope and wonder. I was fully absorbed.

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vivastory
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The '21 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. Congrats to the winners!! I was particularly pleased to see Natalie Diaz win for Postcolonial Love Poem. It's still on my TBR, but I loved her last book. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed that Transcendent Kingdom didn't win. I know it was a longshot, but I was hoping so much that I *almost* said that if it didn't win I'd completely shave. With the Women's Prize around the corner, time is 👇

vivastory running out for acknowledging this masterwork. If Gyasi doesn't win the Women's Prize on July 7, I will go beardless for the first time since '03. 7mo
Kristin_Reads Transcendent Kingdom is my very favorite... I hope Gyasi wins, too! 7mo
readordierachel Postocolonial Love Poem is on my tbr as well. Loved her other collection. 7mo
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Hooked_on_books I‘m loving your protest via facial hair approach. 😂 7mo
BarbaraBB I do hope it wins too but if it doesn‘t I now have something to look forward to 😉 7mo
Reggie Love this protest. Lol 7mo
Cathythoughts What @Reggie says 👍🏻😁 7mo
vivastory @Kristin_Reads It's brilliant & frustrating that it's not getting recognition 7mo
vivastory @readordierachel I might have to push it up my TBR 7mo
vivastory @Hooked_on_books 😂 I might regret it 7mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I will post pic of proof if it loses 😬 7mo
vivastory @Reggie @Cathythoughts It will be interesting.. 😂 7mo
Hooked_on_books No, it‘s great, cuz it‘ll grow back and meanwhile people will ask you about it, which lets you proselytize about the book! I felt this way about her first book, so I‘d love to see her get some props. I really believe in her. 7mo
BarbaraBB I almost wish for it to happen 😉 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

I loved this book! 💚 Its gorgeous writing and the exploration of grief, addiction, and religion were fascinating to me. Gifty's struggle with her education and her beliefs reminded me of similar conflicts I had in college, trying to make sense of how God and science fit in the same world.

I really have to read Homegoing now. 😁

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great review!!! 7mo
aperfectmjk You're making great progress! 👍 7mo
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sarahquinn
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Gave me the happy sadness.

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Peaceful_Reader
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I loved her first book Homegoing so was anxious to read this one and it was quite good. Gifty struggles with her family history as her depressed mother comes to live with her. Gifty is in a doctoral program working with lab mice to discover more about the brain. She questions her family‘s history with religion and faith and what she is doing with her life. How can one be happy with so much tragedy around you? #depression #immigration #addiction

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Kristin_Reads
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5⭐️ || Why did it take me so long to pick this one up? I loved the interweaving of faith and grief and science and wonder. This will stay with me for a long time; it‘s easily one of my top reads this year.

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Simona
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I love the prose in this story, I love the depiction of the clash between science and religion, I love the characterisation of Gifty and her struggle to understand the world, first through the faith and later through the science. So many heavy topics are constructed ‘effortlessly‘ into coherent narrative ... until the end. Last chapter is so out of the place, so lame that it almost ruined my reading experience. But yes, still strong pick.😁

vivastory Wonderful review! I think this one hasn't received it's due recognition yet 8mo
BarbaraBB Yes to all @vivastory says ⬆️ 8mo
Simona @vivastory @BarbaraBB Thank you😊 Although, I haven‘t read any others from Women‘s Prize for Fiction shortlist, I think that this book is a winner. 8mo
kspenmoll Want to read- I look forward to all your reviews. 8mo
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Simona
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Saturday afternoon with my reading buddies ...

LeahBergen So cute! 💖💖 8mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable! 8mo
BarbaraBB Hope you enjoy the book 🤍 8mo
BarbaraBB And that picture is too cute 🥰 8mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m halfway through and so far I like it 👍 8mo
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SW-T
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Incredible writing. Such a great book to read. Race, poverty, religion, depression, addiction, mother-daughter relationships, and of course, science...so much covered and so deftly handled. Really like this and Homegoing and they‘re both very different from each other. I‘m hoping Gyasi writes a lot more books, because I want to read them all.

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Ruthiella
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The Shortlist for the 2021 Women‘s Prize was announced today. The tagged book has a good chance of winning according to many readers like @vivastory and @BarbaraBB 😃. My favorites didn‘t make the cut, so I‘ll be rooting for Piranesi for now and will definitely read the Lockwood title soon. Maybe I‘ll even try to read the other two that I‘ve not yet read.

Any other Littens following the prize? 😀

Soubhiville I‘ve only read the bottom three in the stack. I loved all three of them. I think my favorite was 9mo
Ruthiella Of the bottom three, I haven‘t read The One Armed Woman. Good to know you loved it. 😀 9mo
BarbaraBB The Lockwood is so good, looking forward to your thoughts. I think I‘ll pass on the Fuller but want to read The One Armed Sister after reading @Soubhiville and @squirrelbrain ‘s reviews! 9mo
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vivastory I def plan on reading the Lockwood. I might just read the Fuller & the Jones while I'm at it since I've read the other 3. But the Lockwood is a def & I'm intrigued by the Jones 9mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I put The One Armed Sister on hold and the wait is 7 weeks so I might actually get to read it before the winner is announced. 9mo
Ruthiella @vivastory Other than the ToB, I‘ve never completed a book prize shortlists, but since I already have three under my belt, I just might go for it! 9mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I just checked & they aren't going to announce the winner until July, so I'm def going to read the other 3 before the announcement. I see you haven't read the Jones. What is the other one you haven't read? 9mo
batsy I have one book under my belt (Piranesi) and so it feels like I'm one step ahead than where I usually am when shortlists are announced! 😆 I might try to read the shortlist... What books that you liked didn't nake the cut? 9mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I would need to read the Clair Fuller book too to be a completist. 9mo
Ruthiella @batsy I loved both Luster and Detransition, Baby but sadly neither made the shortlist. Normally I would not have read so many from the short/longlist but there was a lot of crossover with the TOB this year! 9mo
batsy @Ruthiella Ooh, those two are on my TBR! I'm surprised that Detransition, Baby didn't make it. The reviews have been so interesting. 9mo
squirrelbrain I read 13 of the 16 books on the longlist. Of the shortlist I haven‘t read the Fuller, which I have on audio and will be up next. I got 4 right in my predictions, maybe 5. (I say that as I didn‘t pick TVH as a fave, but thought it would make the shortlist) 9mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Wow, 13 from the longlist is amazing! I just checked and the Fuller won‘t be released in the US until May 17. The ebook isn‘t available from the library but I‘ll check tomorrow for a hard copy. 9mo
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emmaturi
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So I enjoyed this one, although it took a while to get into it. I am glad I didn't stop! I really liked Gifty and felt for her and the family situations they went through. It has been short-listed with the Women's Price for Fiction, which am pleased about. #book

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Cathythoughts
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Such a beautiful title & cover ... midway I did like it it a bit better ... I bailed about three-fourths in .. a late bail I just never really got drawn in & I felt there was a lot of over-explaining ... so, ultimately a bail. #unpopularopnion

rachaich I didn't find it as readable as her first. 9mo
Cathythoughts @rachaich I have Homegoing on my kindle for awhile now .... but I‘d be slow to read it now 🤷🏼‍♀️ I might give it a try in the future 👍🏻😁 9mo
MaureenMc Homegoing is very different from this one, so it might be worth taking a shot on it in the future. 😊 9mo
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Cathythoughts @MaureenMc Good to know ! Thanks 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
sisilia I was underwhelmed by this book 😜 I enjoyed Homegoing, though. I think it has smart structure, and it‘s fast-paced. Totally different from the tagges book 9mo
Cathythoughts @sisilia Yes ! I hear good reviews on Homegoing ... one day 🤞🏻😁 9mo
Ruthiella This book didn‘t touch me in the way it did so many other readers. I finished it, thought it was OK. 9mo
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Yes , as much as I read of it , it was OK , only OK. 9mo
BarbaraBB Oops, that‘s surprising! But you are right to bail. So many books out there! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, too bad this didn‘t stick with you. I haven‘t read it but Homegoing was not bad. Hope you‘ll get to that and I‘ll be interested to hear what you think then. 😊 9mo
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rmaclean4
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Unpopular opinion: this book did not work for me. I found the plot very conventional in its structure. I also found the writing clunky. This book held me at an arms length and I did not connect with the characters. 2 🌟

Cathythoughts Interesting! I‘m reading it at the moment & undecided... but I‘ll see how it goes on 9mo
rmaclean4 @Cathythoughts critics love it!! I liked her first book so much better! 9mo
canbku I'm with you. I don't know how I can dislike a book so much while others rave about it. It's one of those things that makes me question if my brain is miswired 9mo
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Cathythoughts I‘ve just bailed ... the writing started to annoy me ... a lot of it seemed over-explained 🤷🏼‍♀️ 9mo
rmaclean4 @canbku glad I am not alone. 9mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve started this one .... not sure what I think yet ... but I‘ll keep reading for now 🤞🏻

Erinreadsthebooks I loved this one! 9mo
Cathythoughts @Erinreadsthebooks Good to hear ... I‘ll keep going 👍🏻😁 9mo
squirrelbrain Took me a while to get into, then I really liked it. 9mo
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emmaturi I liked this one, takes a while 9mo
BarbaraBB I loved it! 9mo
Kalalalatja Hope you‘ll like it! 🤞 9mo
youneverarrived I‘m wanting to read this one soon! Look forward to your thoughts on it 🤍 9mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja It‘s growing on me 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived I‘m liking it more as I read on 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @emmaturi Yes , I see what you mean .. I‘m starting to get into it now 🤞🏻😁 9mo
BarbaraBB I am honestly glad to hear that. I hope this means a turning point for you. 9mo
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Soubhiville
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I hope Yaa Gyasi writes lots of books.

This was very different than Homegoing. I thought Homegoing was brilliantly unique.

Transcendent Kingdom is also brilliant, but in a more traditional novel form.

Gyasi has definitely become an autobuy author for me.

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Amiable
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Gyasi has captured exactly what I love about living in New England —the fact that you never take a gorgeous sunny day for granted. You soak it up because glorious days like that are indeed hard won. You appreciate them all the more because you know that they won‘t last. Living here makes me pay attention to and fully appreciate the beauty of the seasons. 🥰

CindyMyLifeIsLit That‘s how we feel in southeast Texas. We‘re savoring an unusually mild spring with highs in the 60‘s and 70‘s. Soon, it will be 100 degrees every day and stay that way for months! 😩 9mo
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Lcsmcat There‘s a short story by Leonid Andreyev that explores that thought. If I remember correctly L wasn‘t happy about being called back to earth. 😀 9mo
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AnneCecilie
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Pickpick

Gifty is a scientist working on a project to understand how addiction works. As the story progress, we realize that this is a personal topic for her. Her oldest brother died of an overdose and after that she lost her mother to depression. These events that happened when she was young, affected her entire life.

She grew up in a religious community with a mother who believed that prayer and God could cure everything.

AnneCecilie This book raises questions about religion and science? Can they work together? Do they conflict? 9mo
Buechersuechtling Oh, this sounds so interesting. Thanks for sharing. Too bad, that my library doesn‘t have the book in stock. 9mo
AnneCecilie @Buechersuechtling They might get in the future 😊 9mo
Butterfinger That is a gorgeous cover. 9mo
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BookishTrish
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How do you make sense of religion? Science? Addiction? Depression? Separation? I‘m not sure I have answers. But listening to Bahni Turpin narrate Gyasi‘s writing made the discomfort of not knowing more bearable.

ReadingRachael I started reading this about a month ago, I loved it but I decided to pause reading as it was hitting so close to home currently....your review is making me want to pick it back up again.... 9mo
LeeRHarry I‘ve read this one - been a bit slack with posting on Litsy about it 😏 - took me a while to get into it but eventually gave it 4 ⭐️ 9mo
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squirrelbrain
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I didn‘t love Homegoing (#unpopularopinion!) but I‘m reading the Women‘s Prize longlist so picked this one up. Well, I loved it and couldn‘t stop thinking about it when I wasn‘t reading it; always the sign of a good book!

Not my favourite of the books I‘ve read so far on the list, but definitely up near the top.

thewallflower0707 I‘m trying to read as many as possible from the #Womensprize longlist too ☺️ 9mo
GinaKButler That‘s a beautiful cover! 😍 9mo
rockpools Oh interesting! I did like Homegoing, but these cover designs are 😍 9mo
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squirrelbrain How many have you read so far @thewallflower0707 ? I‘ve read 7 and I‘m currently partway through Detransition, Baby. I have two to read on Audible, and another two reserved on Libby. 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good Helen 👍🏻❤️stacked 9mo
thewallflower0707 @squirrelbrain you are a lot quicker than I am! Transcendent Kingdom was my first, now I‘m reading Small Pleasures, and I‘m definitely planing to read The Vanishing Half, Piranesi, How the one-armed sister sweeps the house & Detransition, Baby 9mo
squirrelbrain @thewallflower0707 - I read a few last year (Burnt Sugar, Nothing But Blue Sky and The Vanishing Half). I have Small Pleasures on Audible so that may be next. How The One-Armed Sister is one that I‘m struggling to get hold of. 9mo
Soubhiville Is this the UK cover? So much better than the US cover (IMO). I have the audio coming soon from the library. 9mo
squirrelbrain Yes, it‘s really pretty isn‘t it @GinaKButler @rockpools @Soubhiville. This is the Libby cover in the UK Soubhi and it seems to be the same for the hardback too. 9mo
LeeRHarry My favourite of the longlist so far is Small Pleasures, The Vanishing Half is up next for me 😊 9mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one. What is your favorite so far? 9mo
BookishTrish I‘m reading this one as part of the Longlist too! 9mo
Kalalalatja I loved this 💕 9mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I still love Burnt Sugar, which I read for the Booker last year.... 9mo
squirrelbrain @BookishTrish @LeeRHarry @thewallflower0707 - shall we start tagging each other with any #womensprize reviews? It would be fun to see everyone else‘s views! 9mo
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain sounds like fun 😊 9mo
Caroline2 I loved home going! One of my all time fav books. 😆 defo need to check this one out then. 👍 9mo
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Panpan

Oof. Major slog. Very very different from her first book. This was about the relationship between God, grief, and science. I was not in the mood. I didn't bail because it was so short, and I could hold out hope that it would get more interesting.

LeeRHarry That‘s a shame - I just finished it too and although I found the start pretty slow, I got into it and by the end I enjoyed it 😊 9mo
canbku @LeeRHarry the writing was lovely? 9mo
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