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Dinaw Mengestu

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  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears | Dinaw Mengestu

    The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dinaw Mengestu
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (73)
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    (59)
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    Ethiopian émigré Dinaw Mengestu is a skilled observer of people who offers a colorful debut work of fiction. Insightful and swiftly paced, this novel evokes past and present in the course of its compelling narrative. It's the `70s, and one D.C. neighborhood is undergoing big changes. In the mix is Ethiopian grocery owner Sepha Stephanos - a man with a complex past who fled his homeland after seeing his father brutalized by themilitary. He hopes for new prospects in D.C.'s gentrification process.

    Lisbeth says: "Great book, wonderful reader"
  • All Our Names | Dinaw Mengestu

    All Our Names

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dinaw Mengestu
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld, Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (64)
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    Story
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    All Our Names is the story of a young man who comes of age during an African revolution, drawn from the hushed halls of his university into the intensifying clamor of the streets outside. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, and the path of revolution leads to almost certain destruction, he leaves behind his country and friends for America. There, pretending to be an exchange student, he falls in love with a social worker and settles into the routines of small-town life. Yet this idyll is inescapably darkened by the secrets of his past....

    David says: "A Tale of Two Continents"
  • How to Read the Air | Dinaw Mengestu

    How to Read the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dinaw Mengestu
    • Narrated By Corey Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (24)
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    (10)
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    In How to Read the Air, Mengestu crafts a moving tale about one man’s search for identity. After his estranged Ethiopian immigrant father dies, Jonas hopes to answer questions about his heritage and culture. So he leaves his wife and home in New York and sets out across the trail his own parents took when they first arrived in America.

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