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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

Summary: In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe's theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe. As these characters' stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins of white, Christian America struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town's white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community--heaven and earth--that sustain us. Bringing his masterly storytelling skills and his deep faith in humanity to The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride has written a novel as compassionate as Deacon King Kong and as inventive as The Good Lord Bird --Publisher's description.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593422960
  • ISBN: 0593422945
  • ISBN: 9780593422946
  • Physical Description: 385 pages ; 24 cm
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  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2023.
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Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note: Gone. The hurricane -- A bad sign -- Twelve -- Dodo -- The stranger -- Challah -- A new problem -- Paper -- The robin and the sparrow -- The skrup shoe -- Gone -- Gotten. Monkey pants -- Cowboy -- Differing weights and measures -- The worm -- The visit -- The bullfrog -- The hot dog -- The Last Love. The lowgods -- The Antes house -- The marble -- Without a song -- Bernice's bible -- Duck boy -- The deal -- The job -- The finger -- The last love -- Waiting for the future -- Epilogue: The call out.
Subject: Cities and towns Fiction
Secrecy Fiction
Neighborhood Fiction
Neighbors Fiction
Jews Fiction
African Americans Fiction
United States
Pennsylvania Pottstown
Secrecy
Neighbors
Minorities
Jews
Ethnic relations
Ethnic neighborhoods
Deaf children
African Americans
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / African American & Black
FICTION / Historical
États-Unis Relations interethniques Romans, nouvelles, etc
Secret Romans, nouvelles, etc
Voisins Romans, nouvelles, etc
Quartiers ethniques Pennsylvanie Pottstown Romans, nouvelles, etc
Enfants sourds Romans, nouvelles, etc
Noirs américains Romans, nouvelles, etc
Juifs États-Unis Romans, nouvelles, etc
United States Ethnic relations Fiction
Minorities Fiction
Secrecy Fiction
Neighbors Fiction
Ethnic neighborhoods Pennsylvania Pottstown Fiction
Deaf children Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Jews United States Fiction
Genre: Romans.
Novels.
Social problem fiction.
Historical fiction.
Social problem fiction
Historical fiction
Fiction
Novels
Historical fiction.

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