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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store / James McBride.


"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. Bringing his masterly storytelling skills and his deep faith in humanity to The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride has written a novel as compassionate as Deacon King Kong and as inventive as The Good Lord Bird"-- Publisher's description.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593422946
  • ISBN: 0593422945
  • Physical Description: 385 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Gone. The hurricane -- A bad sign -- Twelve -- Dodo -- The stranger -- Challah -- A new problem -- Paper -- The robin and the sparrow -- The skrup shoe -- Gone -- Gotten. Monkey pants -- Cowboy -- Differing weights and measures -- The worm -- The visit -- The bullfrog -- The hot dog -- The Last Love. The lowgods -- The Antes house -- The marble -- Without a song -- Bernice's bible -- Duck boy -- The deal -- The job -- The finger -- The last love -- Waiting for the future -- Epilogue: The call out.
Subject: Jews > United States > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Deaf children > Fiction.
Ethnic neighborhoods > Pennsylvania > Pottstown > Fiction.
Neighbors > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Minorities > Fiction.
United States > Ethnic relations > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / African American & Black.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Social problem fiction
Historical fiction.
Social problem fiction.

Available copies

  • 27 of 105 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.


  • 106 current holds with 105 total copies.
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Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch FIC MCBRIDE HEA (Text) 34207002556745 Adult Fiction Checked out 03/11/2024
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