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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Reprint) (Paperback) by Dinaw Mengestu
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After witnessing his father being beaten to death during the Ethiopian Revolution, Sepha Stephano immigrates to the United States, but finds a different kind of desolation working at a grocery store in an impoverished neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Eventually, Stephano begins to assemble a group of people who resemble a community, but once again his "family" is threatened--this time by a series of racially charged incidents.
A literary debut hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a great American novel." Awards Include: Finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction Winner of the Guardian First Book Prize New York Times Notable Book Winner of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award Recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship Winner of the Prix du Premier Roman Named the Seattle Reads Selection of 2008 Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again.
Number of Pages: 228
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Author: Dinaw Mengestu
Street Date: February 5, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1488