The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

By Dinaw Mengestu

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594482854, 228pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2008

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.

About the Author
Ne a Addis Abeba, Ethiopie en 1978. A deux ans, Dinaw Mengestu fuit son pays natal avec sa mere et sa grande soeur pour rejoindre son pere, lui-meme parti peu avant sa naissance pour echapper a la Terreur Rouge, la revolution communiste. La famille s'installe a Peoria dans l'Illinois, puis a Georgetown, Washington D.C. A l'adolescence, Dinaw Mengestu se passionne pour l'Ethiopie; il interroge et enregistre les recits de la famille, qui lui inspire son premier roman, roman, 'Les Belles Choses que porte le ciel'. En tant que journaliste free-lance, Dinaw Mengestu collabore aux magazines Harper's, Jane et Rolling Stone, pour lequel il a redige un article sur le Darfour. Dinaw Mengestu enseigne egalement l'ecriture et la litterature a l'universite de Georgetown.