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In the late 1980s, communism is faltering. From the safe harbor of their living room, teenage narrator Yuri Balodis and his parents watch the excitement on TV. As the political drama unfolds, Yuri can't help but look around him at the former breweries, derelict factories, and neglected apartment blocks that form the boundaries of his neighborhood, a small community of heavily accented Soviet expats.
But Yuri's life is ruled by his alcoholic father, Rudolfs, a long-winded storyteller with just two fingers on his left hand, a cruel reminder of his imprisonment back home and the regime he has left behind. Reduced to the occupation of a janitor at a local car dealership, Rudolfs has fully embraced the democratic ideals of his new country and seeks to instill the same devotion in his son, who is more interested in impressing Hannah Graham, a schoolmate and the daughter of a leading socialist organizer. Hoping to win her approval, Yuri impulsively commits a crime that implicates his father by association.
Toutonghi is a writer of rare talent, fully showcased in his debut novel. The prose in Red Weather is sardonic but never cynical, and his portrayal of the immigrant experience comes fully to life with humor and honesty, imbued with a deep love for family, dysfunctional as it may be. (Fall 2006 Selection)