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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
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Mar 16, 2011

really liked it
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Teton Co Library Call No: F MENGESTU

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears cover describes it as an “African” novel. Honestly, it is an American novel. There is nothing more American than immigration. The book tells the story of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant who escaped from the “red terror” of his own country to run a convenience store in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle. Sepha’s social circle involves two fellow immigrants from other African countries and his new wealthy and white next door neighbor, Judith. The book takes on the realistic life of an American immigrant (a far cry from the “American Dream”) and the issues of gentrification in Sepha’s neighborhood.

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