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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Sepha Stephanos fled his native Ethiopia and the revolution that killed his father for life in the U.S. but finds himself increasingly isolated and alone. This is a deeply affecting debut novel about what it means to lose a family and a country--and create a new home.

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ISBN 9781594489402
Published 1 March 2007 by Riverhead Hardcover
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mengestu, Dinaw

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ISBN-13 9781594489402
ISBN-10 1594489408
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Riverhead Hardcover
Imprint Riverhead Hardcover
Publication Date 1 March 2007
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Mengestu, Dinaw
Category Modern Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Washington (D.C.), Race relations, Ethiopians - United States, Ethiopians
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 240 pp
Dimensions Width: 149mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 349g
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution after witnessing soldiers beat his father to the point of certain death, selling off his parents' jewelry to pay for passage to the United States. Now he finds himself running a grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C. His only companions are two fellow African immigrants who share his feelings of frustration with and bitter nostalgia for their home continent. He realizes that his life has turned out completely different and far more isolated from the one he had imagined for himself years ago. Soon Sepha's neighborhood begins to change. Hope comes in the form of new neighbors-Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter-who become his friends and remind him of what having a family is like for the first time in years. But when the neighborhood's newfound calm is disturbed by a series of racial incidents, Sepha may lose everything all over again. Told in a haunting and powerful first-person narration that casts the streets of Washington, D.C., and Addis Ababa through Sepha's eyes, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is a deeply affecting and unforgettable debut novel about what it means to lose a family and a country-and what it takes to create a new home.

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