How to Read the Air (Paperback)

By Dinaw Mengestu

Vintage Books, 9780099521037

Publication Date: January 1, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/4/2011)
Hardcover (10/14/2010)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (1/1/2011)

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October 2010 Indie Next List

“This is a remarkable, multi-layered novel about the fictions we create and the lies we tell to fashion our identities for the sake of love and family. Mengestu's prose is beautiful. He tells both a grand-sweeping tale of the African immigrant experience as well as a deeply intimate story, one that illustrates a second-generation American's experience negotiating his footing as he seeks a sense of place.”
— Cindy Dach, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
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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.