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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2023; vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: James McBride (Tekijä)

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"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."--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel
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Info:Penguin Audio (2023), Edition: Unabridged
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The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store (tekijä: James McBride) (2023)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 89) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I didn’t know what I was getting in to with this! So many characters, funny and weird backstories, odd intersections of peoples and cultures, and a surprising plot line. Really fascinating. Felt like a Coen brothers movie. Kind of feel like I need to go back and reread to make sense of all the details.
  nicole_a_davis | Jun 13, 2024 |
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In the 1970s, a skeleton is found in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The skeleton has a pendant that leads to The Heaven And Earth Grocery Store. The tale takes the form of a backstory of how the skeleton came to be there, a mystery that is set in the 1920s-1930s. During the time, The Heaven And Earth Grocery Store, along with theaters are owned by Moshe and Chona. Moshe manages the theater, while the disabled Chona manages the store.

The Heaven And Earth Grocery Store acts like a sanctuary for many. A central community gathering place that is recognized for how they help the community. In an era of various forms of persecution, the store and theaters transformed the community into an inclusive region. A region where diverse people who struggle are able to find people who can help them. Diverse people from different ethnicities, cultures, religions, and disabilities.

As a sanctuary, Moshe and Chona are willing to hide a nephew of a friend and colleague. The nephew is a 12-year-old boy called Dodo, who needs to avoid a government agent who is set to take Dodo to a special school for people like Dodo. Dodo became disabled after a kitchen accident. Dodo became deaf, but is able to read lips and be athletic. The request to hide Dodo was due to the poor conditions of the intended school. Dodo is hidden at The Heaven And Earth Grocery Store. Although Moshe and Chona did not have a child, Dodo has become part of the family. Can they keep Dodo hidden? How is this event tied to the skeleton found many years later?

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The book covers various socially tense situations, using the language of the era. Ideas and language that are no longer appropriate. The situations are meant to represent the values of people during the time. What they thought and how they reflect on contemporary values. ( )
  Eugene_Kernes | Jun 4, 2024 |
Well paced story with interesting characters with real concerns and challenges, and a bitter heart. The inclusion of modern dissatisfactions/distress is jarring though, as the novel itself makes it's views and message sufficiently clear. ( )
  quondame | Jun 3, 2024 |
I read this book in audiobook format.

This novel is about a mixed race community (Black, Jewish, White) in the 1920s-30s. There is a large, lively, and sometimes confusing cast of characters that get into all kinds of predicaments. Ultimately they must work together to solve their problems and get closer to the American Dream. Mildly humorous but with some dark parts too, the novel is uplifting but hints at an American future full of violence. I liked the book a lot but did find it difficult to follow in parts. The ending was very satisfying. I think I like Deacon King Kong better, which is a similar novel by McBride. ( )
  technodiabla | May 26, 2024 |
James McBride has used the lessons he learned from both his parents to write this book. His father was an African-American preacher and his mother was a Jewish immigrant from Poland. This book, which is centered in a poor neighbourhood called Chicken Hill in Pennsylvania, starts with the lives of Jewish refugees who settled in Chicken Hill with blacks as neighbours. The time period is the 1920s and racism by whites against both Jews and blacks was not even hidden. The town doctor, who had a distinguishing limp, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and paraded in the white outfit around town every summer.

Actually, the book starts with the discovery of bones in an old well in Chicken Hill later in the twentieth century. A pendant and a mezuzah found with the bones cause the police to question one of the remaining Jews left in town. This necessitates returning to the past to become acquainted with a Jewish couple, Moshe and Chona, who owned and lived above The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store. Chona ran the store while Moshe operated several theatres. Chona ran the store at a loss in order to provide a place for the local people to shop. She was a woman with a big heart even though she had a disability. She was also outspoken about the racism in town. One of Moshe's employees, Nate, asks Moshe and Chona to hide his nephew, Dodo, a deaf orphan that state officials want to put into a state institution. Dodo wasn't born deaf, it was caused by an explosion in a kitchen. Maybe that's why Dodo is able to understand what people are saying and why he is quick to learn things. Nevertheless, he is eventually caught and taken to the institution where he becomes friends with another disabled boy. In the institution, Dodo comes to the attention of a night orderly who has carnal desires for him. Nate is determined to get him out of the institution but it is not an easy task. Will Dodo be permanently scarred by this incarceration even if Nate does get him out? Well, read the book to find out this and much much more including who the body in the well was.

I listened to the audio of this book and I loved the narrator, Dominic Hoffman. Because of the wealth of detail in this book it might have been better to read it but the narration added something that just reading would lack. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 20, 2024 |
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There was an old Jew who lived at the site of the old synagogue up on Chicken Hill in the town of Pottstown, Pa., and when Pennsylvania State Troopers found the skeleton at the bottom of an old well off Hayes Street, the old Jew's house was the first place they went to.
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The Negroes of Chicken Hill loved Chona. They saw her not as a neighbor but as an artery to freedom, for the recollection of Chona's telltale limp as she and her childhood friend, a tall, gorgeous, silent soul named Bernice Davis, walked down the pitted mud roads of the Hill to school each morning was stamped in their collective memory. It was proof of the American possibility of equality: we all can get along no matter what, look at those two. (p. 31)
She felt the prayer more than heard it; it started from somewhere deep down and fluttered toward her head like tiny flecks of light, tiny beacons moving like a school of fish, continually swimming away from a darkness that threatened to swallow them (p. 218)
They moved slowly like fusgeyers, wanderers seeking a home in Europe, or eru West African tribesmen herded off a ship on a Virginia shore to peer back across the Atlantic in the direction of their homeland one last time, moving toward a common destiny, all of them - Isaac, Nate, and the rest - into a future of American nothing. (p. 225)
Chona wasn't one of them. She was the one among them who ruined his hate for them, and for that he resented her. (p. 237)
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"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."--

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