The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears


  • Release: 2007-03-01
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 240 page
  • ISBN: 9781101217566
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Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again. Watch a QuickTime interview with Dinaw Mengestu about this book.

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears


  • Release: 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 228 page
  • ISBN: 1594489408
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Seventeen years after fleeing the Ethiopian revolution, Sepha Stephanos runs a grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where he reflects on his past and the differences between his prospects and the life he imagined.

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears


  • Release: 2008
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 228 page
  • ISBN: 1594482853
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Seventeen years after fleeing the Ethiopian revolution, Sepha Stephanos runs a grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where he reflects on his past and the differences between his prospects and the life he imagined.

All Our Names

All Our Names


  • Release: 2014-06-05
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 264 page
  • ISBN: 9781444794083
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LONGLISTED FOR THE FOLIO PRIZE 2015 Two young friends join an uprising against Uganda's corrupt regime in the early 1970s. As the line blurs between idealism and violence, one of them flees for his life. In a quiet Midwestern town in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, an African student falls for the woman who helps him settle in. Prejudice overshadows their relationship, yet it is equally haunted by the past. Both men are called Isaac. But are they one and the same?

Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution


  • Release: 2019-09-19
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 240 page
  • ISBN: 9781448163564
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Seventeen years after fleeing the revolutionary Ethiopia that claimed his father's life, Sepha Stephanos is a man still caught between two existences: the one he left behind, aged nineteen, and the new life he has forged in Washington D.C. Sepha spends his days in a sort of limbo: quietly running his grocery store into the ground, revisiting the Russian classics, and toasting the old days with his friends Kenneth and Joseph, themselves emigrants from Africa. But when a white woman named Judith moves next door with her only daughter, Naomi, Sepha's life seems on the verge of change...

How to Read the Air

How to Read the Air


  • Release: 2010-10-14
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 320 page
  • ISBN: 9781101444351
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A "beautifully written"* (New York Times Book Review) novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star. From the acclaimed author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination. Following the death of his father Yosef, Jonas Woldemariam feels compelled to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, he sets out to retrace his mother and father's honeymoon as young Ethiopian immigrants and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn country of his parents' youth to a brighter vision of his life in America today. In so doing, he crafts a story- real or invented-that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.

The Virgin of Flames

The Virgin of Flames


  • Release: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 290 page
  • ISBN: 014303877X
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A gritty novel set against the backdrop of East L.A. follows a struggling artist named Black on a journey of self-discovery that reveals important questions about poverty, ethnicity, and religion in modern-day America. By the author of the award-winning GraceLand. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Diaspora   Returns in Fiction

Diaspora Returns in Fiction


  • Release: 2016
  • Publisher: James Currey is
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  • File: PDF, 255 page
  • ISBN: 1847011489
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Imagined or actual returns to a "homeland" in African literature are examined in relation to changing concepts of identity, belonging, migration and space.

Zabor  or The Psalms

Zabor or The Psalms


  • Release: 2021-03-02
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 336 page
  • ISBN: 9781635420159
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A fable, parable, and confession, the second novel from the acclaimed author of The Meursault Investigation pays homage to the essential need for fiction and to the freedom from tradition afforded by an adopted language. Having lost his mother and been shunned by his father, Zabor grows up in the company of books, which teach him a new language. Ever since he can remember, he has been convinced that he has a gift: if he writes, he will stave off death; those captured in the sentences of his notebooks will live longer. Like a kind of inverted Scheherazade saving his fellow men, he experiments night after night with the delirious power of the imagination. Then, one night, his estranged half brother and the other relatives who would disown him come knocking at the door: his father is going to die and perhaps only Zabor is capable of delaying that fateful moment. Sitting next to the father who has ostracized him, the son writes compulsively, retracing an existence characterized by strangeness, abandonment, and humiliation, but also by wondrous encounters with fictional worlds that he alone in the entire village can access.

The Ash Family

The Ash Family


  • Release: 2019-04-09
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 352 page
  • ISBN: 9781501144868
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When a young woman leaves her family—and the civilized world—to join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost, in this lush and searing debut novel. At nineteen, Berie encounters a seductive and mysterious man at a bus station near her home in North Carolina. Shut off from the people around her, she finds herself compelled by his promise of a new life. He ferries her into a place of order and chaos: the Ash Family farm. There, she joins an intentional community living off the fertile land of the mountains, bound together by high ideals and through relationships she can’t untangle. Berie—now renamed Harmony—renounces her old life and settles into her new one on the farm. She begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear. Thrilling and profound, The Ash Family explores what we will sacrifice in the search for happiness, and the beautiful and grotesque power of the human spirit as it seeks its ultimate place of belonging.