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Me? Soft?

Namara Smith, 4 February 2021

Transcendent Kingdom 
by Yaa Gyasi.
Viking, 256 pp., £14.99, March, 978 0 241 43337 9
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... The​ narrator of Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi’s second novel, is blunt about the logic behind her life choices: ‘I wanted to do the hardest thing. I wanted to flay any mental weakness off my body like fascia from muscle.’ This impulse led her first to Harvard, where she studied molecular biology, and then to graduate school at Stanford ...

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