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‘The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store,’ a Lost History of Black and Jewish Solidarity

‘The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store,’ a Lost History of Black and Jewish Solidarity

Near the end of James McBride’s new novel, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, a character named Miggy makes a proclamation about what truly ails the folks living in the asylum where she works: The illness is not in their minds, or in the color of their skin, or in the despair in their heart, or even the money they may or may not have. Their illness is honesty, for they live in a world of lies, ruled by those who surrendered all the good things that God gived them for money, living on stolen land. Explore the September 2023 Issue Check out more from this issue and find your next story to read. View More Miggy is the oracle of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and a teller of truths that leap off the pages of the novel to describe America’s abiding troubles. Before long, she’s cutting a slice of the town’s best sweet-potato pie into slivers to diagram an escape route for an inmate of the asylum. That’s classic McBride: He doesn’t shy away from bold …