Up and coming novelist Dinaw Mengestu gets rave reviews for new book

Dinaw Mengestu
Dinaw Mengestu, author of "How to Read the Air," is one of the writers selected for the New Yorker Magazine's "20 under 40" list.
Image courtesy of Riverhead Books

Novelist Dinaw Mengestu's star is rising. He was recently named by the New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under the age of 40 worth watching.

Critics have been raving about this latest book, "How to Read the Air," which tells the troubled story of Jonas. He's a young man who lies his way out of difficult situations, whether it be his marriage, or his relationship with his immigrant parents.

Mengestu talked with MPR's Euan Kerr.

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