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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
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Jul 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 100-in-2010, fiction
Read in July, 2010

This book was recommended because it takes place in DC and deals honestly with the African immigrant's experience in America. I liked the descriptions of slowly gentrifying Logan Circle, and the lives of the characters who immigrated from Ethiopia were interesting snapshots of what I assume is the immigrant's experience. We just assume that people get up every day and are either happy to be here, just get along, or have tragic lives - but lives that come with massive changes are also presented with depression, ennui, and other psychological problems that the drug companies love to talk about in commercials. I thought the scope of the book could have been a bit larger - as I said, I thought the characters were more snapshots than fully developed people. But I'd recommend it if you want a quick read that gives a picture of DC gentrification and a modern African immigration story.
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