Dinaw Mengestu: "All Our Names"
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.
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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