How to Read the Air

Author(s): Dinaw Mengestu
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.30 hours)
Product Number: Z3681
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781461807049
Narrator/s: Corey Allen
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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.


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How to Read the Air
Product Number: BX00003335
Product Number:C5658
Product Number:Z3681

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All formats/editions

Author(s): Dinaw Mengestu
Narrator(s): Corey Allen
Product Number C5658
Released: Oct 08, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449832858
Author(s): Dinaw Mengestu
Product Number EB00389363
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9781101444351

Professional reviews

"Corey Allen's low voice and well-timed pauses convey the deep-seated thoughts of Yosef and Mariam, Ethiopian immigrants who are struggling with their new American lives. Their story is imagined by their son, Jonas, who traces his parents' past, specifically their "honeymoon," a road trip from Illinois to Nashville that careens into explosive domestic violence. Jonas brings to light his parents' history in Ethiopia and his memories of their endless battles, as well as his own feelings of worthlessness, his failed marriage, and his aborted teaching career. One might think that the novel's scant dialogue would fatigue the listener. But this is a poetic story, written by young Ethiopian writer who is already being hailed as a literary master. K.P. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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