How to Read the Air
By Dinaw Mengestu
(Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485398, 320pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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From the acclaimed author of "The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears" comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination.
Following the death of his father Yosef, Jonas Woldemariam feels compelled to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, he sets out to retrace his mother and father's honeymoon as young Ethiopian immigrants and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn country of his parents' youth to a brighter vision of his life in America today. In so doing, he crafts a story- real or invented-that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.
- Should Mariam and Yosef have stayed married to each other? Can a relationship survive a long separation?