How to Read the Air

How to Read the Air

By Dinaw Mengestu

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485398, 320pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

A "beautifully written"* ("New York Times Book Review") novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star.

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.

About the Author
Dinaw Mengestu is the author of "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears", a "Los Angeles Times" bestseller and Seattle Reads pick of 2008, as well as the forthcoming novel "How To Read the Air". He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. In 1980, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and sister, joining his father, who had fled Ethiopia during the Red Terror. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University s MFA program in fiction and the recipient of a 2006 fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation in 2007. He has written for "Rolling Stone" and "Harper's", among other publications. He now lives in Washington, D.C.