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How to read the air

by Mengestu, Dinaw, 1978-

Format: Book on CD 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Audio/Visual CD MENGESTU Dinaw
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African-born author Dinaw Mengestu's prose is praised as "heart-rending and indelible" (Publishers Weekly), and his debut novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was a New York Times Notable Book. In How to Read the Air, Mengestu crafts a moving tale about one man's search for identity. After his estranged Ethiopian immigrant father dies, Jonas hopes to answer questions about his heritage and culture. So he leaves his wife and home in New York and sets out across the trail his own parents took when they first arrived in America.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "All of his life, Jonas Woldemariam had been listening for tension in the air, not so much to take action but simply to be aware. In his mid-thirties, with his marriage failing, he quietly drifts away from his life emotionally. Not that he'd ever been deeply engaged, or at least he hasn't appeared to be, according to his wife, Angela, an ambitious attorney with a New York law firm, desperately seeking the stability she didn't have growing up. Jonas had known childhood instability as well, the child of Ethiopian immigrants who'd separated early in their marriage and reunited later when his father, Yosef, finally immigrated to America, specifically Peoria, Illinois. But their time apart had established a distance the couple could never close, leaving Jonas to witness domestic violence and crushing indifference. Jonas' narration alternates between the dissolution of his own marriage and observations of a trip back to the Midwest to imagine the dissolution of his parents' marriage. Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007), offers a similarly languid yet emotionally charged unwinding of relationships amid the turmoil of immigration and cultural adjustment.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mengestu (The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears) stunningly illuminates the immigrant experience across two generations. Jonas Woldemariam's parents, near strangers when they marry in violence-torn Ethiopia, spend most of the early years of their marriage separated, eventually reuniting in America, but their ensuing life together devolves into a mutual hatred that forces a contentious divorce. Three decades later, Jonas, himself moving toward a divorce, retraces his parents' fateful honeymoon road trip from Peoria, Ill., to Nashville in an attempt to understand an upbringing that turned him into a man who has "gone numb as a tactical strategy" and become a fluent and inveterate liar-a skill that comes in handy at his job at an immigration agency, where he embellishes African immigrants' stories so that they might be granted asylum. Mengestu draws a haunting psychological portrait of recent immigrants to America, insecure and alienated, striving to fit in while mourning the loss of their cultural heritage and social status. Mengestu's precise and nuanced prose evokes characters, scenes, and emotions with an invigorating and unparalleled clarity. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ethiopians -- United States -- Fiction.
Children of immigrants -- Fiction.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2010
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Allen, Corey, 1934-2010.
Recorded Books, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Corey Allen.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781449832858
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