Science and healing in the Transcendent Kingdom

A sweeping story of addiction and deliverance from Ghana to Alabama to California

February 6, 2021 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

Saturday, Feb. 6 – Join us on The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour as we welcome bestselling author, Yaa Gyasic and her novel, Transcendent Kingdom.

Musical guests TBA

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, Feb. 6– 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi latest novel, Transcendent Kingdom, concerns Gifty, 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.

Yaa Gyasi born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Her previous novel was Homecoming which was an Oprah’s Best Books of the Year pick, a PEN/Hemingway award winner, and a New York Times Notable Book. Gyasi lives in Brooklyn.