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8 Times "Transcendent Kingdom" Made Me Cry – Here’s Why

Yaa Gyasi's second novel is an emotional exploration of grief, family, and faith. Sponsored by Amazon Books. Created by BuzzFeed Editors.

🚨🚨🚨 Spoilers for Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi ahead 🚨🚨🚨

1. Gifty suffers multiple kinds of loss.

2. As her brother takes a sudden turn from the golden child to an addict.

3. You get a picture of the immigrant experience and struggle.

4. Mental health issues are a big part of the story.

5. There are themes of familial pressure and a sense of obligation.

6. Gifty grapples with her former religion.

7. Gifty tries to be clinical instead of acknowledging her emotions.

8. Gifty's own relationships suffer because of her trauma.