The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store (Hardback)
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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 09/11/2023
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Waterstones Says

From the author of the acclaimed Deacon King Kong comes a breathtaking literary whodunit that explores themes of poverty, immigration and the American Dream through the discovery of a corpse in 1970s Pennsylvania.

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 neighbourhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows.

As the story moves back in time to the 1930s and the characters' stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community - heaven and earth - that sustain us.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399620406
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 240 x 158 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

I loved this book. An intricate weaving of race and prejudice told with heart and hope - BONNIE GARMUS, author of LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY

I keep thinking every time I read one of his books, 'That's his best book.' No. THIS is his best book. - ANN PATCHETT

Epic . . . Glorious. An uplifting tale of kindness and community - Observer

A murder mystery locked inside a Great American Novel . . . a charming, smart, heart-blistering and heart-healing novel - Danez Smith, New York Times Book Review

Wonderful . . . McBride is a fabulous talent, and expertly marshals a vast array of characters with a polyphony of voices - Mail on Sunday

This is one of those novels that becomes a part of you. It's a great book. Every character is rich; every detail is rich. I can't recommend this one highly enough - Harlan Coben

Shouldn't we just get it over with and declare McBride this decade's Great American Novelist? - Los Angeles Times

McBride looks squarely at savage truths about race and prejudice, but he also insists on humour and hope. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is one of the best novels I've read this year. - Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air

With his eccentric, larger-than-life characters and outrageous scenes of spliced tragedy and comedy, 'Dickensian' is not too grand a description for his novels, but the term is ultimately too condescending and too Anglican. The melodrama that McBride spins is wholly his own, steeped in our country's complex racial tensions and alliances. Surely, the time is not too far distant when we'll refer to other writers' hypnotically entertaining stories as McBridean . . . We all need - we all deserve - this vibrant, love-affirming novel that bounds over any difference that claims to separate us - Ron Charles, Washington Post

McBride entertains us and shows us both the beauty and the ugliness of humanity - NPR

McBride's pages burst with life . . . This endlessly rich saga highlights the different ways in which people look out for one another - Publishers Weekly

The interlocking destinies of McBride's characters make for tense, absorbing drama and, at times, warm, humane comedy. . . If it's possible for America to have a poet laureate, why can't James McBride be its storyteller-in-chief? - Kirkus, Starred Review

McBride is an acknowledged master of high-resolution historical fiction, peppered with wit and insight - Goodreads

Funny, tender, knockabout, gritty and suspenseful, McBride's microcosmic, socially critiquing and empathic novel dynamically celebrates difference, kindness, ingenuity and the force that compels us to move heaven and earth to help each other - Booklist

It's hard to imagine anyone being able to write to the caliber of Toni Morrison and Edward P. Jones, but James McBride does just that - Dallas Morning News

A modern-day Mark Twain - New York Times Book Review

Mesmerizing, moving, almost magical . . . a miracle of storytelling that will leave you laughing and crying - The Associated Press

Revolutionary - Slate

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“Incredible storytelling and wonderful characters!”

Actual rating 4.5.

I fell in love with McBride’s writing when I picked up Deacon King Kong on a whim, and I’m forever so grateful that I did because he is truly a gifted storyteller, as this incredible new novel... More

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“Restoring faith in humanity”

Even without the mystery that is running through this book you’ll be captivated. McBride writes his characters so beautifully and weaves their lives together so well. This book is deserving of all its praise and the... More

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“Truly Wondrous!”

The most wonderful, wonderful and worthy winner of the Barnes & Noble Book of the Year!
The writing is mesmerising, the story captivating, the characters quite unforgettable. There is a scene in there which will... More

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