©2007 Dinaw Mengestu; (P)2008 Recorded Books
Mengestu has told a rich and lyrical story of displacement and loneliness. I was profoundly moved by this tale of Ethiopian immigrant's search for acceptance, peace, and identity. (Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns)
This is not a story for only an immigrant audience. The author, Dinaw Mengestu, writes in a way that makes this a universal story. In doing so, he does what the best writers accomplish. (The Oregonian)
[W]onderfully written and moving. (Esquire)
Ce n'est pas grave!
This is a wonderful, heartrending book book about an African immigrant trying to survive in the United States. He owns a shabby little convenience store in a rough (though gentrifying) section of Washington D.C. and lives with tragic memories and lonliness. The author writes with insight and eloquence. The story was enhanced by the excellent narration, which contributed greatly to my enjoyment.
Well-told story of an Ethiopian immigrant who runs a corner grocery store in Washington, DC. The characters come to life in Dion Graham's narration. Especially good is his African accents as well as the various American characters. High recommend it as an engaging story.
Beautiful story about an Ethiopian man who immigrated to America in the seventies and owns shabby grocery store in Logan Circle. Covers the immigrant experience, love and gentrification. I really enjoyed every word.
This is a fascinating and beautiful book. Dion Graham reads it well, though sometimes he feels a bit off. But the story is so wonderful and so absorbing that nothing else seems to matter.
The narrator was incredible. The voices of different characters were clearly distinguishable. He did a great job with the reading.
It was a bit anti-climactic.
the book drags on from one disappointment to the next. Good news is never realized, the main character just constantly struggles in a depressing story of an immigrant's life trying to realize a better life in the US.
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