How to Read the Air
Dec 10, 2010 — Celebrated debut author Danielle Evans selects her favorite "outsider fiction" of 2010, choosing the best books that grappled with themes of identity, society and belonging.
Nov 2, 2010 — Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air is an unsentimental meditation on the immigrant experience and the illusory idea of asylum. With lyrical prose, he reassesses the by-your-bootstraps mythology associated with American mobility.
Oct 16, 2010 — Dinaw Mengestu follows up The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears with a new novel: How to Read the Air. As his own marriage unravels in New York, Jonas — the son of two Ethiopian immigrants — retraces the journey of his parents' lives.