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Red Weather
     

Red Weather

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by Pauls Toutonghi
 

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ISBN-10: 030733676X

ISBN-13: 2900307336766

Pub. Date: 02/27/2007

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

The setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin—if not America’s heart, then at least its liver—home to an array of breweries and abandoned factories and down-on-their-luck Eastern European immigrants. The year is 1989.

Revolutions are sweeping through the nations of the Eastern Bloc. Communism is unraveling. And nobody feels this unraveling more piquantly

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The setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin—if not America’s heart, then at least its liver—home to an array of breweries and abandoned factories and down-on-their-luck Eastern European immigrants. The year is 1989.

Revolutions are sweeping through the nations of the Eastern Bloc. Communism is unraveling. And nobody feels this unraveling more piquantly than Yuri Balodis—a fifteen-year-old first-generation American living with his Latvian-immigrant parents in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

It’s a turbulent time. And when Yuri falls in love with Hannah Graham—the daring daughter of a prominent local socialist—chaos ensues. Within weeks, Yuri is ensnared by both Hannah and socialism. He joins the staff of the Socialist Worker. He starts quoting Lenin and Marx indiscriminately.

His parents, of course, are horrified and deeply saddened. They try to educate him, to show him why, in their opinion, communism has ruined so many lives. But Yuri is stubborn. And his ideological betrayal will have more serious consequences than breaking his parents’ hearts.

Red Weather is by turns funny and bittersweet, tinged with a rueful comic sense that will instantly remind you of the absurd complications of love. Pauls Toutonghi’s stunning debut novel is at once reminiscent of Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner.

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ISBN-13:
2900307336766
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272

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Red Weather 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the best books I've read this year. Cornell University should be proud it produced such a prodigious and intellectually rigorous mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard of the author when he was promoting his first book in NY a few years ago, and was awaiting a new book as good as that first one, LIVE CARGO. Unfortunately, this new book doesn't live up to the promise of that earlier debut. It has is moments, but seems to drag & goes on way too long, and the writing needed some more editing, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say how much I loved this book! You won't regret spending time with Yuri Balodis. The storyline is fun and touching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific coming of age novel by a gifted writer with a strong voice. Humorous, tender and character-driven with local color, episodic chapters and compelling narrative.