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The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears
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Recorded Books, Inc. 2008
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Ethiopian EmigrE author Dinaw Mengestu is a skilled observer of people who earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly for this colorful debut. Insightful and swiftly paced, this novel evokes past and present in the course of its compelling narrative. It's the '70s, and one D.C. neighborhood is undergoing big changes. In the mix is Ethiopian grocery owner Sepha Stephanos-a man with a complex past who fled his homeland after seeing his father brutalized.
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Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
06/03/2008
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781456105112
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Dinaw Mengestu. (2008). The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Dinaw Mengestu. 2008. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Recorded Books, Inc, 2008.

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Dinaw Mengestu. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2008.

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        Barely suppressed despair and black wit infuse this beautifully observed debut from Ethiopian émigré Mengestu. Set over eight months in a gentrifying Washington, D.C., neighborhood in the 1970s, it captures an uptick in Ethiopian grocery store owner Sepha Stephanos's long-deferred hopes, as Judith, a white academic, fixes up the four-story house next to his apartment building, treats him to dinner and lets him steal a kiss. Just as unexpected is Sepha's friendship with Judith's biracial 11-year-old daughter, Naomi (one of the book's most vivid characters), over a copy of The Brothers Karamazov
        . Mengestu adds chiaroscuro with the story of Stephanos's 17-year exile from his family and country following his father's murder by revolutionary soldiers. After long days in the dusty, barely profitable shop, Sepha's two friends, Joseph from Congo and Kenneth from Kenya, joke with Sepha about African dictators and gently mock his romantic aspirations, while the neighborhood's loaded racial politics hang over Sepha and Judith's burgeoning relationship like a sword of Damocles. The novel's dirge-like tone may put off readers looking for the next Kite Runner
        , but Mengestu's assured prose and haunting set pieces (especially a series of letters from Stephanos's uncle to Jimmy Carter, pleading that he respect "the deep friendship between our two countries") are heart-rending and indelible.

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