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The Resource How to read the air, Dinaw Mengestu

How to read the air, Dinaw Mengestu

Label
How to read the air
Title
How to read the air
Statement of responsibility
Dinaw Mengestu
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
One September afternoon, Yosef and Mariam, Ethiopian immigrants who have spent all but their first year of marriage apart, set off on a road trip from their home in Peoria, Illinois, to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a new identity as an American couple. Months later, their son, Jonas, is born in Illinois. Thirty years later, Yosef has died, and Jonas is desperate to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. Leaving everything behind in New York, Jonas sets out to retrace his parents' trip and, in a stunning display of imagination, weaves together a family history that takes him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents' youth to a brighter vision of his life in the America of today
Summary
Comprised of the chronicles of two physical journeys -- the original undertaken by two Ethiopian immigrants to the U.S. and retraced, 30 years later, by their emotionally numb son -- this tale of immigration and the consequences of imperfect communication will appeal to readers interested in the psychological toll taken by immigrating to a new country and culture. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Theme
Storyline
Tone
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Character
Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2010.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2010
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365211
Cataloging source
DLC
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1978-
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Mengestu, Dinaw
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Ethiopians
  • Children of immigrants
Target audience
adult
Label
How to read the air, Dinaw Mengestu
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000045840177
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
383 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781602859555
Lccn
2010030578
System control number
(OCoLC)649702254
Label
How to read the air, Dinaw Mengestu
Publication
Control code
000045840177
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
383 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781602859555
Lccn
2010030578
System control number
(OCoLC)649702254

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