It's my turn to take a whack at convincing you to read The Heaven &…
I read this book way back in July/August. I reviewed it then, too, which means you’ve already seen this but . . . in the interest of Read With Us promotional material . . . I’m sharing it again today.
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This story of a neighborhood called Chicken Hill, where Black, Jewish, and immigrants live and work together, is (in my opinion) McBride’s best work yet. The narrative is just brilliant, each chapter serving almost as a vignette that McBride connects to the rest of the story and other characters in remarkable ways. It’s tender and suspenseful, heartbreaking and hopeful, and at times laugh out loud funny. The ending is completely satisfying and brings the whole story full circle in such a beautiful way that I didn’t even mind that I saw it coming. I love it and highly recommend it.
I was given a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I truly adored this one and I sure hope you’ll search it out from your library or local independent book store and read it for yourself.
We will be promoting it during the month of November and our discussion date is January 9, 2024 so you’ve got plenty of time. Can’t wait to hear what you all think of our choice. Happy Reading!