Dinaw Mengestu: "All Our Names"

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Dinaw Mengestu: "All Our Names"

Ethiopian-born author Dinaw Mengestu is known for his stories about the African immigrant experience in America. His new novel is set in both post-independence Uganda and the U.S. It's a story of love, friendship and the power of redemption.

Author Dinaw Mengestu is known for his stories about the African immigrant experience in America. Born in Ethiopia, Mengestu came to the U.S. as a toddler and grew up in Peoria, Ill. In a new novel, Mengestu juxtaposes the immigrant journey he knows so well with the perilous world of post-independence Uganda. It’s the story of a young African man who befriends a revolutionary in the capital, Kampala. And in America, a white, Midwestern woman falls in love with a mysterious African immigrant with a secret past.

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Dinaw Mengestu

author, "How to Read the Air" and "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears." He is a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant recipient.

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Excerpted from "All Our Names" by Dinaw Mengestu. Copyright © 2014 by Dinaw Mengestu. Excerpted by permission of Knopf. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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