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The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

by Dinaw Mengestu

The stories he invented himself he told with particular delight. They all began in the same way, with the same lighthearted tone, with a small wave of the hand, as if the world were being brushed to the sideā€¦


Books that Influenced Mengestu:

  • James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, 1955
  • Saul Bellow's Herzog, 1964
  • Ernest J. Gaines's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, 1971
  • Edward P. Jones's The Known World, 2003
  • James Joyce's Ulysses, 1922
  • V.S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River, 1979
  • Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, 1980
  • J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, 1951

Books Similar to The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears:

  • Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah, 2013
  • Teju Cole's Open City, 2011
  • Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project, 2008
  • Oscar Hijuelos's Our House in the Last World, 1983
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, 1999
  • Hisham Matar's Anatomy of a Disappearance, 2011
  • Orhan Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence, 2008
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