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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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Growing up in working-class Milwaukee, Yuri Balodis, a Latvian-American teenager, struggles to cope with the complexities of adolescence, including conflict with his fiercely patriotic parents, who disapprove of Yuri's relationship with Hannah Graham, the daughter of a prominent Milwaukee socialist. Reader's Guide available. A first novel. Rreprint. 15,000 first printing.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307381552
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Toutonghi, Pauls
Author:
Pauls Toutonghi
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Conflict of generations
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070227
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Red Weather: A Novel
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Product details 272 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307381552 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Growing up in working-class Milwaukee, Yuri Balodis, a Latvian-American teenager, struggles to cope with the complexities of adolescence, including conflict with his fiercely patriotic parents, who disapprove of Yuri's relationship with Hannah Graham, the daughter of a prominent Milwaukee socialist. Reader's Guide available. A first novel. Rreprint. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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