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Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution

Author(s): Dinaw Mengestu

Location(s): Washington DC

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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This is the same book as: The Beautiful Things that Heave Bears

Seventeen years after fleeing the revolutionary Ethiopia that claimed his father’s life, Stepha Stephanos is a man still caught between two existences: the one he left behind, aged nineteen, and the new life he has forged in Washington D.C. Sepha spends his days in a sort of limbo: quietly running his grocery store into the ground, revisiting the Russian classics, and toasting the old days with his friends Kenneth and Joseph, themselves emigrants from Africa.

But when a white woman named Judith moves next door with her only daughter, Naomi, Sepha’s life seems on the verge of change…

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A quiet story about the immigrant experience, displacement and loneliness in Washington DC.

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