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When Jun 18, 2019
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Marchant Memorial Library
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Contact Phone 7126523453
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Book Club Discussion

Join in the new book club discussion for June -

Marchant Memorial Library

Tuesday, June 18th at 4 pm

"The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" by Dinaw Mengestu

Summary : 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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood, Sepha may lose everything all over again.

About the author : Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978.  In 1980, he immigrated to the United States.  A graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University's MFA program in fiction, and the recipient of a 2006 fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation of the Arts and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation, Mengestu has written for Rolling Stone, among other publications.  He lives in New York City.

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