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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. 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 The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, 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 Hers to Protect year. 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

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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 Hers to Protect 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 Her Small-Town Hero 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 Red Tail (Travis Trilogy you breeze through it and think nice story but when Promises in Tumble Creek you pause for one moment and think about it Mischief and Marriage you

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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. 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


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 continent with the ever present class struggles overlaid by racial tension of America The parallels and similarit

  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 believe the picture he painted In 17 years we are to understand that Sepha our immigrant has made precisely two friends And these two friends have only made two friends each other And none of these three immi

  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

  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 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

  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 recei

  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 belonging to a time or place can relate to this story Despite socio economic differences these characters share a struggle to be part of something greater than themselves This individual striving to belong assumes socio politic

  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

  9. says:

    Rating 425 of fiveHow wonderful it is to find a first novel that feels so accomplished and tells such an engrossi

  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 singl