Title: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Signed by author on title page. NO inscription. First Edition with complete number line. Book in Near Fine condition. Appears never read. Remainder mark to bottom edge. Light foxing to top and outer edge. Unclipped DJ is Near Fine to Fine with light crimping to base of spine. Bookseller Inventory # 001167
Synopsis: 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.
About the Author: Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and was named a ?20 under 40? writer to watch by The New Yorker. Mengestu?s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper?s, Granta, and other publications. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.
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