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The setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin — if not Americas 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 Balodisa fifteen-year-old first-generation American living with his Latvian-immigrant parents in Milwaukees Third Ward.

Its a turbulent time. And when Yuri falls in love with Hannah Grahamthe daring daughter of a prominent local socialistchaos 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 Toutonghis stunning debut novel is at once reminiscent of Michael Chabons The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin—if not Americas 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 Milwaukees Third Ward.

Its 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 Toutonghis stunning debut novel is at once reminiscent of Michael Chabons The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

In this beautifully written coming-of-age novel, a Latvian-American teenager living in downtown Milwaukee with his immigrant parents during the late 1980s experiences adolescent growing pains while he tries to become a typical American teenager.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307336767
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Toutonghi, Pauls
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Conflict of generations
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070227
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.00x5.24x.60 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780307336767 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The setting is Milwaukee, Wisconsin—if not Americas 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 Milwaukees Third Ward.

Its 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 Toutonghis stunning debut novel is at once reminiscent of Michael Chabons The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner.

From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , In this beautifully written coming-of-age novel, a Latvian-American teenager living in downtown Milwaukee with his immigrant parents during the late 1980s experiences adolescent growing pains while he tries to become a typical American teenager.
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