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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

Set mostly in the early-to-mid twentieth century in the Jewish and Black section, known as Chicken Hill, in an old Pennsylvania town, this story slowly reveals the identity of a skeleton found in the 1970s. The cast of characters rivals a Russian novel, and the story is not a happy one, yet McBride suffuses his tale with humor and hope. It has one of the most satisfying endings I’ve read in a long time. All the stars, and be prepared to stay up too late reading it.

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