I recently had a reading marathon weekend. I told my family I had to read for work. I couldn't do weekend chores, I couldn't do much cooking, I was just going to read all weekend. It was about 80% true that I had to "read for work," but I had a relaxing weekend and read 3+ books.
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears a debut novel by Ethiopian emigre Mengestu, is set in the 1970's in a gentrifying Washington, DC neighborhood. Ethiopian grocery store owner, Stephanos, is adjusting to a neighborhood in flux, befriending a white woman and her biracial daughter, and dealing with the emotions of unrealized dreams in America.
It's a satisfying story with many contrasts: rich/poor, black/white, citizen/foreigner. It is well worth adding to your "list of books to read." I also recommend a reading marathon weekend!
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears