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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€¦

Works Cited

Excerpts from The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. Copyright © 2007 by Dinaw Mengestu. Used by permission of Riverhead Books. All rights reserved.

Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007.

---. An Interview with Josephine Reed for The Big Read. 7 February 2014.

Mengestu, second from the left, in Forest Park, IL (Courtesy of the Mengestu family)

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Audio contributors:
Willing Davidson is a fiction editor at The New Yorker. Among other accomplishments, he edited Henry Roth's novel, An American Type, published in 2010, fifteen years after Roth's death.

Peter Tatian is a researcher at the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and an expert in housing policy, neighborhood indicators, and community development.

Writer: Leah Mirakhor

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