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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel (original 2023; udgave 2023)

af James McBride (Forfatter)

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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."--… (mere)
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Titel:The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel
Forfattere:James McBride (Forfatter)
Info:Riverhead Books (2023), 400 pages
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The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store af James McBride (2023)

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In the first half of the 20th century Pottstown, Pennsylvania was home to a large Jewish community made up of immigrants from all over Europe, many of whom fled due to persecution in their homeland. They lived alongside a Black community who arrived during the Great Migration. Both groups endured – and resisted – bigotry and discrimination by the town’s white leadership.

The eponymous grocery store is at the heart of this community. Located in the Chicken Hill neighborhood, the store is run by Chona, wife of theater owner Moshe Ludlow. Chona and Moshe are Jewish, but freely associate with Black neighbors, provide them with jobs, and book Black entertainers in the theater. Chona is outspoken, and her letters to the newspaper have often angered political and community leaders.

Chona and Moshe get involved in caring for Dodo, a deaf boy whose mother recently died. This sets in motion an elaborate series of interconnected events. Some of these are humorous, but beneath the humor lies racism and oppression. And these beliefs are dangerous, leading to violence which must be avenged. James McBride spins an elaborate tale with a large cast of characters. You might wonder where it’s all going. Just hang on and enjoy the ride: the payoff is worth it. ( )
  lauralkeet | Feb 26, 2024 |
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store is the kind of book to lose yourself in. Written by a storyteller at the top of his game, James McBride's account of the neglected community of Chicken Hill during the 1930s, when it was where immigrants and Jewish people landed before moving into one of Pottstown's more acceptable neighborhoods, and where Black Americans always lived. The story begins and ends with a body in a well, yet this isn't a mystery novel, but an expansive book about the many people who called Chicken Hill home. If you're looking for a tightly-constructed plot, this isn't the book for you; this one ranges here and there, while remaining centered on the small grocery store at the center of the community, run by a small Jewish woman who refuses to be quiet and whose compassion is legendary. For all this, McBride's story never forgets the harshness of the world in which these characters live. It's wonderfully told and while it seems to wander off into side stories, they all work together to make this book something remarkable. ( )
1 stem RidgewayGirl | Feb 23, 2024 |
What a treasure we have in James McBride. A must read. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is a book with a lot of characters. It takes place in the present and the past. The characters are both black and Jewish. The neighborhood is in transition because the Jews are getting more affluent and moving away. The storyline is good. Four stars were given to this book. ( )
  lbswiener | Feb 21, 2024 |
Just love the way James McBride writes - highly recommend this engrossing and fun read! ( )
  Suem330 | Feb 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 old man shrugged. Jewish life is portable, he said. (p. 3)
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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