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A haunting and powerful first novel that views the streets of Washington DC and Addis Ababa through the eyes of Sepha who seventeen years ago fled Ethiopia during the Revolution and now runs a failing convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in the USA Canada and Australia; and as Children of the Revolution in the UKSeventeen 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 This is a magnificently simple book Deceptively simple like the Old Man and the Sea in that you breeze through it and think nice story but when you pause for one moment and think about it you realize that it is so much than a nice storyA blend of the political uncertainties and accompanying atrocities of the African continent with the ever present class struggles overlaid by racial tension of America The parallels and similarities are clear but woven through the book in a way that respects the readers abilities to understand them on their ownIt is also a tale of immigrants blending together the lives they left behind with the lives they are leading with the lives they want to have and justifying the possibilitiesIt is a sensitive book and a kind book full of passion yet gently written It is a book that causes thought but one cannot say it is a clever book Clever implies that games were played and to say that about this book would be a jab to its heart Schadenfreude that views Emotional Victory the streets of Washington DC and Addis Ababa Still Life with Woodpecker through Bo Knows Bo the eyes of Sepha who seventeen years ago fled Ethiopia during Gender and Food the Revolution and now runs a failing convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in Radio Silence the USA Canada and Australia; and as Children of Finer Women the Revolution in Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the UKSeventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the Ethiopian Revolution after witnessing soldiers beat his father Crazy Horses Girlfriend to Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the point of certain death selling off his parents' jewelry Hannah Has Two Mommies to pay for passage Child Support to 777 the Lost Blood the United States This is a magnificently simple book Deceptively simple like Know My Name the Old Man and Abandoned Alice the Sea in Map My Heart that you breeze Scandal through it and The Fashion Condition think nice story but when you pause for one moment and Embellish Me think about it you realize The Snakehead that it is so much Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light than a nice storyA blend of The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the political uncertainties and accompanying atrocities of Truly Wilde the African continent with VEGAN ganz anders the ever present class struggles overlaid by racial Albert Reynolds tension of America The parallels and similarities are clear but woven An Infamous Army (Alastair, through Score! the book in a way Abela that respects A Sisters Secret the readers abilities Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch to understand Butchers Crossing them on Unchained Melanie their ownIt is also a Olivias Luck tale of immigrants blending Middle Class Problems together The City of London, Volume 2 the lives Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible they left behind with How We Lived Then the lives Top Tips for Fussy Eaters they are leading with Winnie Davis the lives The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries they want The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded to have and justifying The Tower the possibilitiesIt is a sensitive book and a kind book full of passion yet gently written It is a book The Seeds of Time that causes The New Black thought but one cannot say it is a clever book Clever implies Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, that games were played and Two Hours to say Finding Us (Finding, that about The End of the Story this book would be a jab ديوان حافظ to its heart

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S 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 DC 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 Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in the USA Canada and Australia; and as Children of the Revolution in the UK Winner of the Guardian UK 2007 book awar Rating 425 of fiveHow wonderful it is to find a first novel that feels so accomplished and tells such an engrossing story I can t imagine that real enjoyable talent is becoming rarer in a world that contains such elouent proofs of its healthMengestu tells the story of three friends African immigrants all who meet in Washington DC for so long the home territory of nativist sentiment in our republic of exclusion I don t think a recap of the plot will help anyone decide whether or not to buy the book because its outlines are simple Men seeking material success in the motherland of same are thwarted and through effort and good fortune succeed at things they weren t looking to succeed attemporarilyA fire plays a major role in completing the story and since I am currently seeing a fireman that caught my eye It s not to my surprise used as a pat plot device but imbued with a real sense of the inevitability of sadness loss and change in the entwined lives of three lovely characters Naomi to name but one is a heartbreakingly well observed actor in the piece despite her tender years and Judith her mother is such a deftly drawn conflicted real person that I was tempted to look her up in the phone book as for Sepha he can come stay with me until things get better That s the kind of connection Mengestu s characters call forth in me and I hope in you tooBravo Dinaw Mengestu Thanks Writewell publish soon please Recommended for all readers of fiction

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Now he finds himself running a grocery store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington DC 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 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 year The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was the July selection for my book club but I almost didn t read it because I knew I wouldn t be able to make the actual meeting But I decided to read it anyway and I m glad I did My expectations going in may have shaped my feelings about the book I knew that it was written by an Ethiopian immigrant and that it was about the Ethiopian immigrant experience in Washington DC Before picking it up I assumed it was a memoir I thought it would be dense and that my main motivation for turning each page would be because it was something I SHOULD read I could not have been wrong It s fiction very readable and I learned a lot without feeling SHOULD ed into it Having lived in DC for two years it was interesting to read a story that takes place in a familiar settingThis is not a book however where much actually happens It s the story of an Ethiopian immigrant did I cover that named Stephanos who owns a corner convenience store and deli counter in Logan s Circle which is on the cusp of gentrification The novel unfolds in a non linear fashion time goes back and forth between the present day a few years prior the time when he first arrived in the US and his previous life in Ethiopia The title comes from Dante s Inferno at the point where the poet leaves Hell This is a fitting image as Stephanos and most of the other characters seems to be in a continual state of limbo which is Dante s first circle of Hell When he first moved to the United States he barely interacted with the outside world because his heart was still in Ethiopia Now he s barely floating through the days struggling to keep his store in business though struggling implies effort There are a few moments where Stephanos almost grasps the beautiful things that heaven bears taking control of his life but these uickly slip by The ending seems optimistic but is ambiguous Does Stephanos finally leave Hell or does he once again get swept into the circle of limboCircles are a prominent metaphor in the novel most notably Logan Circle itself where General Logan proudly sits atop his horse There s also the cyclical nature of gentrification Stephanos boasts to two tourist that wander into his store that it used to be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the District full of senators congressmen relatives of presidents you had to have connections money and power to live there Since Stephanos has lived in Logan s Circle it had always been run down but declined even further as the years passed by Soon enough a white woman moves into and restores the deteriorating Victorian mansion next door and developers begin evicting the long time residents Finally there s the circadian rhythm of Stephanos s life where most days resemble the day before opening the store watching the typical flow of customers sitting with his two friends after closing each night The story is sad Not so much in the horrifically tragic way though the flashbacks to Ethiopia are heartbreaking It s that there is a uiet melancholy exuding from each of the characters The novel is character driven not plot driven and each one s despondent state provides insight into the impacts of gentrification and about what it is like to be an immigrant

  • Hardcover
  • 240
  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • English
  • 01 June 2017
  • 9781594489402

About the Author: Dinaw Mengestu

Left Ethiopia at age two and was raised in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois Graduated from Georgetown University and received his MFA from Columbia University In 2010 he was chosen as one of the 20 best writers under 40 by The New Yorker



10 thoughts on “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

  1. says:

    This is a magnificently simple book Deceptively simple like the Old Man and the Sea in that you breeze through it and think nice story but when you pause for one moment and think about it you realize that it is so much than a nice storyA blend of the political uncertainties and accompanying atrocities of the African con

  2. says:

    Big disappointment This is all about an Ethiopian refugee who's now been in Washington DC for 17 years and runs a grocery store in a poor neighbourhood Now the author must know whereof he speaks but I could hardly

  3. says:

    wow what a compact melancholy little novel written in overlapping layers as the narrator grapples with what has become of his life it's almost like a snowglobe of sadness isolation regret and loss shake it and you see fragments of Sepha's family life in Addis Ababa; shake it again and you see fragments of his friendship with two other African immigrants apparently his only close and sustained friendships in America; shak

  4. says:

    The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was the July selection for my book club but I almost didn't read it because I knew I wouldn't be able to make the actual meeting But I decided to read it anyway and I'm glad I did My expectation

  5. says:

    It came down to two things for me The narrator and the location The narrator's voice is haunting and sweet Tinged with sadness and hope that at times made it difficult to bear But it propelled me on hoping to see this kind and pitiful man receive some happiness some lasting beauty in his life The other characters are mere set pieces and perhaps I should deduct a star for that to generate reaction from our narrator to give us some peek in

  6. says:

    This is an excellent book On its surface it's about the immigrant experience but it delves deeper and achieves a universality which is much profound Anyone who has ever experienced the dislocation of not belongi

  7. says:

    I feel like I wasted my time reading this and believe me I really wanted to like this one too And indeed I did like a lot of it but the endingWHAT THE FUCK

  8. says:

    Seventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled Ethiopia during the revolution which called Sepha's father Now Sepha owns and works in a convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington DC In seventeen years seventeen Sepha has made friends with a couple other immigrants from his home country but that is the extent of his rel

  9. says:

    Rating 425 of fiveHow wonderful it is to find a first novel that feels so accomplished and tells such an engrossing story I can't ima

  10. says:

    This book has a simplicity that amazed me I breezed through it and although it is rather sad and its melancholy permeates every single paragraph I could not help but feel somehow liberated while reading it It mainly conveys the main character’s an immigrant from Ethiopia feelings of loneliness and displacement

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