Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday: How To Read the Air

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

How To Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Riverhead, October 14


Dinaw Mengestu's first novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, earned the young writer comparisons to Bellow, Fitzgerald, and Naipaul, and garnered ecstatic critical praise and awards around the world for its haunting depiction of the immigrant experience. Now Mengestu enriches the themes that defined his debut with a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination, which confirms his reputation as one of the brightest talents of his generation.

One early September afternoon, Yosef and Mariam, young Ethiopian immigrants who have spent all but their first year of marriage apart, set off on a road trip from their new home in Peoria, Illinois, to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of a new identity as an American couple. Soon, their son, Jonas, will be born in Illinois. Thirty years later, Yosef has died, and Jonas needs to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. How can he envision his future without knowing what has come before? Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, Jonas sets out to retrace his mother and father's trip and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents' youth to his life in the America of today, a story-real or invented- that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


  1. I hope that you get your book soon, and that it is everything you hope it to be. Here's my WOW Happy reading!

  2. Both of his books sound very profound. I think these topics have to be very well written to be pulled off, so hopefully that's the case. I will have to check them out, then.

  3. dare i be so mundane and say that i'm waiting for the final installment of 'the hunger games'? isn't that what everyone is waiting for this august? lol.

  4. Ooh! I'm really looking forward to this one too!

  5. I just added this to my PBS wishlist -- sounds so good. Thanks Megan