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Yaa Gyasi

Ghana (b.1989)

Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she held a Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn.

Awards: PEN (2017), NBA (2016), NBCC (2016)  see all

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Homegoing (2016)
   Transcendent Kingdom (2020)
2017 PEN/Hemingway Award : Homegoing
2017 Granta Best of Young American Novelists
2016 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 : Homegoing
2016 John Leonard Prize for Best First Book : Homegoing

Award nominations
2021 Women's Prize For Fiction (nominee) : Transcendent Kingdom
2018 British Book Award Debut Book of the Year (shortlist) : Homegoing
2017 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize (nominee) : Homegoing
2017 ALA Notable Books for Adults (nominee) : Homegoing
2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize for Fiction (second place) : Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi recommends
The Return of Faraz Ali (2022)
Aamina Ahmad
"A rich and deeply moving novel about confronting histories both personal and political. Marvelous."
Open Water (2021)
Caleb Azumah Nelson
"A love song to black art and thought, an exploration of intimacy and vulnerability between two young artists learning to be soft with each other in a world that hardens against black people."
A Burning (2020)
Megha Majumdar
"A BURNING is an excellently crafted, utterly thrilling novel full of characters that I won't soon forget. Megha Majumdar writes about the ripple effects of our choices, the interconnectedness of our humanity, with striking beauty and clarity. A stunning debut."

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