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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel

From James McBride, author of the bestselling Oprah’s Book Club pick Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird, a novel about small-town secrets and the people who keep them

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400 pages

Average rating: 7.14

1,302 RATINGS

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32 REVIEWS

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SherylStandifer
Jul 03, 2024
6/10 stars
I was about 97% through this book when my library loan frustratingly expired. I listened to this one on audio. The reader was pretty amazing with the various Jewish and African American voices. I did find the plot a bit disjointed. Started out as a book about the community of Jews, then seemed to turn into a different book when shifting on the rescue of a little boy. The grocery store was just a backdrop, with one key plot point occurring there. Otherwise, not a centering gathering spot. I wanted to like this book. Just didn’t really enjoy it. Had to read it for book club.
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bethanyperkowski
Jun 27, 2024
2/10 stars
I wanted to get into this but I couldn’t get past the run-on sentences and the lengthy origin stories of every single person the author introduces us to.
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Anonymous
May 28, 2024
10/10 stars
Wonderful read. I loved this even more than Deacon King Kong!
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AnneMercer
May 12, 2024
7/10 stars
I enjoyed reading this book for my book club. Would I have continued reading this book on my own? Probably not. In my opinion the writing was very disjointed but it did eventually all come together. I took a long time to read this one and only a few times when I had to put it down was I upset and did I really look forward to picking it back up. I know this review is reading much lower than an 7 rating but overall it did all come together in writing and character development but it just didn’t have enough moments for me where I was just uplifted or carried away into the story but there were some of those moments that make this worth the read. It took over 100 pages for me to get into the rhythm of the author’s writing which I don’t think I would have given it if this weren’t being read for book club. Would I recommend this book? I think for a book club read, yes. For certain people as a personal read, no, others it may be a yes if I think they would be able to stay the course long enough.
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Tanir Ami
Apr 30, 2024
6/10 stars
I really loved this book. I loved all the characters and the whole setting on Chicken Hill was so vivid to me. Would highly recommend
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