Apr 3, 2014 — Meg Wolitzer says All Our Names, told in the alternating voices of two lovers, is a subtle masterpiece. It tackles huge themes — relationships, violence, identity, racism — but never overreaches.
Mar 8, 2014 — Dinaw Mengestu is known for writing about the immigrant experience, but his latest novel takes a slightly different tack: It's about love born out of loneliness and need, and complicated by war.
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.
Mar 13, 2008 — Author Dinaw Mengestu is among a generation of Ethiopian Americans whose families fled the East African nation in the 1970s and '80s. Now their writing, music and art are adding a new chapter to the epic of American immigration.
Feb 19, 2008 — In The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, Dinaw Mengestu portrays the isolation and struggles of an Ethiopian immigrant in Washington, D.C. The award-winning book is Mengestu's first novel.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.