The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Symbols & Objects

Dinaw Mengestu
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Map of Africa/Coup Game

One of the traditions that Stepha, Ken, and Joe have is naming African coups, usually around the map of Africa in Stepha’s store. This is their way of acknowledging everything that has happened in Africa, which is still part of all their history. It’s also a reminder of the lives that they left behind, but also of what they had to escape from.

Ken’s Suits/Speech

Ken always wears his business suits and tries his best to speak like an American. He goes through phases where he changes his speech patterns based on what he hears at work. Sometimes that means ending his sentences with questions, while other times he’d be repetitive. Joe often remarks that Ken is trying to hide his African heritage when he does this, and he sees it as an insult. Joe is partially...

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