How to Read the Air

by Dinaw Mengestu

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Jonas, fresh from a failed marriage, is desperate to make sense of the ties that have forged him. How can he dream of a future when he can’t make sense of his past? He hits the road, tracing the route that his parents – young Ethiopians in search of an identity as an American couple – took thirty year earlier to Nashville, Tennessee. In a stunning display of imagination he weaves together a history that takes him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents’ youth to a brighter vision of his own life in contemporary America, a story – real or invented- that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.



Author: Dinaw Mengistu
ISBN: 9780099502739
Country: Ethiopia
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Size (mm): 129 x 198 x 20
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 247 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 01 May 2012

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Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and was named a “20 under 40” writer to watch by The New Yorker. Mengestu’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, Granta, and other publications. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.