Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Best Books of the Year | December 7, 2014

    Gigi Little: IMG Best Kids' Books of 2014



    No, I'm sorry, it's impossible. The best kids' books of 2014? The best? Can't do it. There have been entirely too many exceptional examples of the... Continue »
    1. $11.87 Sale Board Book add to wish list

      Countablock

      Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo 9781419713743

    spacer

This item may be
out of stock.

Click on the button below to search for this title in other formats.


Check for Availability
Add to Wishlist

This title in other editions

Red Weather: A Novel

by

Red Weather: A Novel Cover

 

Review-A-Day

"If this tale of befuddled ethnicity sounds as if it could veer dangerously toward sitcom-style wackiness, fear not. Toutonghi excels at a dry, sly wit that packs a soft, droll punch....[I]f you can overlook a plot that is too often a creaky vehicle, Red Weather is a sweet and entertaining read." Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire CSM review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Toutonghi's tragicomic debut novel paints a loving, cockeyed picture of the Soviet immigrant experience in the twilight of the Cold War. Yuri Balodis, a painfully thin, bookish 15-year-old living in Milwaukee with his parents, narrates with adolescent angst tempered by retrospective wisdom. Proud to have escaped Soviet Latvia under trying circumstances, Yuri's mother and father (who works as a janitor) have embraced America, choosing to speak only their own idiosyncratic brand of English and decorating their small apartment with glossy magazine ads. In 1989, Yuri watches the fall of the Berlin Wall on television, plays host to Latvian relatives who may or may not be seeking asylum, and dabbles in socialism, an interest derived mostly from his passion for wild-haired Hannah Graham, a Socialist Worker vendor. Yuri's patriotic parents, particularly his hard-drinking father, Rudolfi, are outraged by Yuri's espousal of Marxist rhetoric, a blatant form of teenage rebellion. Oblivious to everything except his own obsession with Hannah, Yuri fails to recognize his father's love, and the implications of his own recklessness, until it's almost too late. Toutonghi's carefully observed character details, evocation of working-class Milwaukee and tales of the old country effectively walk the line between realism and absurdity. (May) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Toutonghi...writes with an assured hand and a quirky, wry sense of humor. Yuri and his small family...are memorable and lovingly drawn....[A] first novel of uncommon poise and power." Booklist

Review:

"There's a fine novella somewhere inside Toutonghi's debut....Toutonghi is an observant writer, but he stalks a demure middle ground, never offering outright humor or drama." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The stunningly quiet ending reverberates back through the whole book....It's a touching act of homage from a novelist who is foolish and brave enough to sacrifice his own prospects of writing an original novel for the greater good of a love letter to his father." Daniel Swift, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Quite a lovely technical feat for a first-time novelist — and Rudolfi is quite a memorable character....The plot seems necessary rather than contrived, and though it is slow to unfold, the book never tries the reader's patience." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Red Weather is a lightning rod of captivating humor, colorful characters and well-crafted prose. Make this your rainy-day book." Seattle Times

Review:

"Toutonghi's debut would make a good book club selection and may appeal to readers who enjoy Gary Shteyngart's novels." Library Journal

About the Author

Pauls Toutonghi is a first-generation American. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, and his writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Zoetrope, One Story, and the Boston Review. He lives in Brooklyn.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

David Hollingsworth, January 9, 2008 (view all comments by David Hollingsworth)
This could be the novel that purifies the essence of youth under pressure, and the tragedies below the surface of social commentary. It also accepts that love can either make, or break you, and that there really isn't anything wrong with using a little acid-tongued humor to fulfill your desire to reach that certain something that you are searching for, either now, or somewhere a little later down the road of your life.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(5 of 8 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307336750
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Author:
Toutonghi, Pauls
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Conflict of generations
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
245
Dimensions:
9.48x6.38x.98 in. 1.15 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Red Weather: A Novel
0 stars - 0 reviews
$ In Stock
Product details 245 pages Shaye Areheart Books - English 9780307336750 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Toutonghi's tragicomic debut novel paints a loving, cockeyed picture of the Soviet immigrant experience in the twilight of the Cold War. Yuri Balodis, a painfully thin, bookish 15-year-old living in Milwaukee with his parents, narrates with adolescent angst tempered by retrospective wisdom. Proud to have escaped Soviet Latvia under trying circumstances, Yuri's mother and father (who works as a janitor) have embraced America, choosing to speak only their own idiosyncratic brand of English and decorating their small apartment with glossy magazine ads. In 1989, Yuri watches the fall of the Berlin Wall on television, plays host to Latvian relatives who may or may not be seeking asylum, and dabbles in socialism, an interest derived mostly from his passion for wild-haired Hannah Graham, a Socialist Worker vendor. Yuri's patriotic parents, particularly his hard-drinking father, Rudolfi, are outraged by Yuri's espousal of Marxist rhetoric, a blatant form of teenage rebellion. Oblivious to everything except his own obsession with Hannah, Yuri fails to recognize his father's love, and the implications of his own recklessness, until it's almost too late. Toutonghi's carefully observed character details, evocation of working-class Milwaukee and tales of the old country effectively walk the line between realism and absurdity. (May) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "If this tale of befuddled ethnicity sounds as if it could veer dangerously toward sitcom-style wackiness, fear not. Toutonghi excels at a dry, sly wit that packs a soft, droll punch....[I]f you can overlook a plot that is too often a creaky vehicle, Red Weather is a sweet and entertaining read." (read the entire CSM review)
"Review" by , "Toutonghi...writes with an assured hand and a quirky, wry sense of humor. Yuri and his small family...are memorable and lovingly drawn....[A] first novel of uncommon poise and power."
"Review" by , "There's a fine novella somewhere inside Toutonghi's debut....Toutonghi is an observant writer, but he stalks a demure middle ground, never offering outright humor or drama."
"Review" by , "The stunningly quiet ending reverberates back through the whole book....It's a touching act of homage from a novelist who is foolish and brave enough to sacrifice his own prospects of writing an original novel for the greater good of a love letter to his father."
"Review" by , "Quite a lovely technical feat for a first-time novelist — and Rudolfi is quite a memorable character....The plot seems necessary rather than contrived, and though it is slow to unfold, the book never tries the reader's patience."
"Review" by , "Red Weather is a lightning rod of captivating humor, colorful characters and well-crafted prose. Make this your rainy-day book."
"Review" by , "Toutonghi's debut would make a good book club selection and may appeal to readers who enjoy Gary Shteyngart's novels."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.