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Red Weather 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 unravelingpiquantly 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 haveserious 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 From the Hardcover edition. Free Read Red Weather [ By ] Pauls Toutonghi [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. We Latvians are a small nation, beaten and battered by many wars over thousands of years, but our culture and life sense still thrive the Latvian language is one of the oldest in existence today Perhaps that is our greatest source of pride, then we are survivors When Pauls Toutonghi s new novel came upon the literary scene, I was pleased I m an avid reader in both languages Latvian and English but however many good books I read about the war and later experiences of Latvians immigrating We Latvians are a small nation, beaten and battered by many wars over thousands of years, but our culture and life sense still thrive the Latvian language is one of the oldest in existence today Perhaps that is our greatest source of pride, then we are survivors When Pauls Toutonghi s new novel came upon the literary scene, I was pleased I m an avid reader in both languages Latvian and English but however many good books I read about the war and later experiences of Latvians immigrating to other countries and cultures, it is rare to come across a worthy tome in English, a good attention grabbing novel that I could proudly share with non Latvian friends Now, here s Pauls With one Latvian parent, it is my understanding he has grown up in the Milwaukee area, active in the Latvian community and, having visited Latvia, is well acquainted, one would suppose, wi...

  2. Yuri Balodis ist Sohn lettischer Einwanderer in den USA Sein Vater, Reinigungskraft in einem Autohaus, sitzt Abend f r Abend auf dem Balkon, trinkt Bourbon und erz hlt Yuri immer und immer wieder dieselben haarstr ubenden Geschichten aus Lettland und schw rmt von Amerika, dem einzig wahren freien Land Als Yuri sich in eine engagierte Sozialistin verliebt, entstehen folgenreiche Spannungen zwischen Vater und Sohn Und dann f llt auch noch die Berliner Mauer und die lettischen Verwandten k ndige Yuri Balodis ist Sohn lettischer Einwanderer in den USA Sein Vater, Reinigungskraft in einem Autohaus, sitzt Abend f r Abend auf dem Balkon, trinkt Bourbon und erz hlt Yuri immer und immer wieder dieselben haarstr ubenden Geschichten aus Lettland und schw rmt von Amerika, dem einzig wahren freien Land Als Yuri sich in eine engagierte Sozialistin verliebt, entstehen folgenreiche Spannungen zwischen Vater und Sohn Und dann f llt auch noch die Berliner Mauer und die lettischen Verwandten k ndigen sich an das Chaos nimmt seinen Lauf.So erlebt Yuri seine Pubert...

  3. Yuri Balodis is 15 and attending Alexander Hamilton High School in 1989 Milwaukee His parents came to Wisconsin from Latvia, where his father had once dreamed of becoming a country and western star, but now works as a night janitor at a car dealership, and drowns his disappointments in bourbon Yuri is a gangly teen and unsure of his life s path, but he is a good student and reads widely, partly because his mother brings home a variety of books from her job at the Milwaukee Public Library He s Yuri Balodis is 15 and attending Alexander Hamilton High School in 1989 Milwaukee His parents came to Wisconsin from Latvia, where his father had once dreamed of becoming a country and western star, but now works as a night janitor at a car dealership, and drowns his disappointments in bourbon Yuri is a gangly teen and unsure of his life s path, but he is a good student and reads widely, partly because his mother brings home a variety of books from her job at the Milwaukee Public Library He slips out of their apartment one early morning when he can t sleep and comes across a curious group of protesters who are trying to sell a newspaper titled Socialist Worker to the employees of a produce company One of these is a very pretty girl Yuri recognizes from high school, and he is instantly smitten But how can he love a Socialist, when he parents sacrificed so much to escape Communism More importantly, how can he love a Socialist, and still love his father This ...

  4. Red Weather takes a simple idea the working and actions of an adolescent and stretches it in wonderful and engrossing directions In lesser hands, Yuri s story could easily have slipped into clich a typical coming of age story But Pauls Toutonghi does not take the easy way out Because his protagonist is essentiallyacted upon than pro active, his lurches toward decisiveness draw us in that muchalthough a lot of the time, we are watching him through the fingers on the hands cl Red Weather takes a simple idea the working and actions of an adolescent and stretches it in wonderful and engrossing directions In lesser hands, Yuri s story could easily have slipped into clich a typical coming of age story But Pauls Toutonghi does not take the easy way out Because his protagonist is essentiallyacted upon than pro active, his lurches toward decisiveness draw us in that muchalthough a lot of the time, we are watching him through the fingers on the hands clamped over our eyes, waiting for the crash, literal and figurative And Pauls surrounds Yuri with a distinctive cast who grow on us as people as our main character gr...

  5. This book tells the story of a teenager, Yuri, and his immigrant parents who live in Milwaukee, WI Yuri s life changes as he falls for Hannah, a girl who is involved with the socialist movement a movement whose core concepts directly contradict the beliefs of Yuri s parents who emigrated from Soviet controlled Latvia Two key events cause great changes in Yuri s life a late night car accident and the arrival of some of his Latvian relatives.A key element of this book is Yuri s relationship This book tells the story of a teenager, Yuri, and his immigrant parents who live in Milwaukee, WI Yuri s life changes as he falls for Hannah, a girl who is involved with the socialist movement a movement whose core concepts directly contradict the beliefs of Yuri s parents who emigrated from Soviet controlled Latvia Two key events cause great changes in Yuri s life a late night car accident and the arrival of some of his Latvian relatives.A key element of this book i...

  6. Da bin ich beim Lebensmitteleinkauf zuf llig auf ein sehr gutes W hltischschmankerl gestossen Diese Geschichte mit dem ungew hnlich langen Titel ist ein wundersch ner humorvoller Roman ber das Erwachsenwerden in den USA, wenn man lettischen Migrationshintergrund besitzt Alle Klischees und auch innovative Wahrheiten werden sehr liebevoll bedient Erste Liebe, erste sexuelle Erfahrungen mit beiderlei Geschlecht, kriminelle Handlungen im jugendlichen berschwang begangen, Alkoholismus, Grossfami Da bin ich beim Lebensmitteleinkauf zuf llig auf ein sehr gutes W hltischschmankerl gestossen Diese Geschichte mit dem ungew hnlich langen Titel ist ein wundersch ner humorvoller Roman ber das Erwachsenwerden in den USA, wenn man lettischen Migrationshintergrund besitzt Alle Klischees und auch innovative Wahrheiten werden sehr liebevoll bedient Erste Liebe, erste sexuelle Erfahrungen mit beiderlei Geschlecht, kriminelle Handlungen im jugendlichen berschwang begangen, Alkoholismus, Grossfamilie, grausame lettisch gastronomische Entgleisungen, Zerplatzen des amerikanischen Traums und zuallerletzt auch noch eine sehr humorvolle politische Rebellion gegen die kapitalistischen Werte der Eltern, eigenlich nur um ein M dchen zu beeindrucken.Das einzige, was mich ein bisschen gest rt hat, ist wieder mal die Spr...

  7. This book went into my to read list because of its Milwaukee setting But I enjoyed the story of Latvian immigrants struggling to grab the American dream, interwoven with their son s angst ridden coming of age Yuri, the son, gets mixed up with home grown Communist wannabes, which of course is anathema to his parents And naturally a female is at the center of all that There is satire, there is sadness, but at the end of it all there is family.I d love to readabout Yuri He s an endearing This book went into my to read list because of its Milwaukee setting But I enjoyed the story of Latvian immigrants struggling to grab the American dream, interwoven with their son s angst ridden coming of age Yuri, the son, gets mixed up with home grown Communist wannabes, which of course is anathema to his parents And naturally a female is at the center of all that There is satire, there is sadness, but at the end of it all there is family.I d love to readabout Yuri He s an endearing character Any teenage boy who loves the library as much as Yuri does HAS to have a bright future.It s problematic to live in the area where a book is set The author captures a lot of the feel of late 1980s ...

  8. The review on line says it is honest and unflinching I disagree, if anything I found it humorous and awkward Awkward in the sense that he recounts teenage moments and feelings that we all would like to forget, and humorous because these things actually happened I can only imagine that if this were ever made into a movie it would be akin to My Big Fat Greek Wedding I am just over 50% of the books and I really enjoy it I think an added plus is the fact that the story happens in Wisconsin, The review on line says it is honest and unflinching I disagree, if anything I found it humorous and awkward Awkward in the sense that he recounts teenage moments and feelings that we all would like to forget, and humorous because these things actually happened I can only imagine that if this were ever made into a movie it would be akin to My Big Fat Greek Wedding I am just over 50% of the book...

  9. This book was the first I put on my Goodreads to read list in 2009 I ve ben trying to tackle that long list lately and I m so glad I finally got around to reading this one This is the coming of age story of a first generation American teenager in Milwaukee, living with his Latvian immigrant parents when the Berlin wall came down on Nov 9, 1989 The story is warm and sensitive, but saved from sentimentality by its humor, alternately slapstick and sly There is a straw dog in it, though a s This book was the first I put on my Goodreads to read list in 2009 I ve ben trying to tackle that long list lately and I m so glad I finally got around to reading this one This is the coming of age story of a first generation American teenager in Milwaukee, living with his Latvian immigrant parents when the Berlin...

  10. This slim novel, set in 1980 s Milwaukee, explores the life of 16 year old Yuri Balodis and his parents, immigrants from Latvia and escapees from the Stalinist Soviet Union Yuri s infatuation with a classmate, daughter of a Socialist professor, unleashes a torrent of emotions in the family, capped by the unexpected arrival of relatives from Latvia Set against the backdrop of Milwaukee s Third Ward, the novel explores the complexity of emotions first generation Americans and their immigrant par This slim novel, set in 1980 s Milwaukee, explores the life of 16 year old Yuri Balodis and his parents, immigrants from Latvia and escapees from the Stalinist Soviet Union Yuri s infatuation with a classmate, daughter of a Socialist professor, unleashes a torrent of emotions in the family, capped by the unexpected arrival of relatives from Latvia Set against the backdrop of Milwaukee s Third Ward, the novel explores the complexity of emotions first generation Americans an...

  11. It took me a while to get into this bookbut then suddenly I really was Reviews have compared the author to David Sedaris and I guess there were moments and the book to The Kite Runner I did not see that at all , but I thought there were some Dave Eggers like moments in it I would recommend it enough I could see a lot of people liking this book but not a lot of people loving it Mostly, I gave it 4 stars because of the portrayal of Yuri s father starting in the middle of the book It took me a while to get into this bookbut then suddenly I really was Reviews have compared the author to David Sedaris and I guess there were moments and the book to The Kite Runner I did not see that at all , but I thought there were some Dave Eggers like moments in it I would recommend it enough I could see a lot of people liking this book but not a lot of people loving it Mostly, I gave it 4 stars because of the portrayal of Yuri s father starting in the middle of the book I thought the descriptio...

  12. A coming of age story about a Latvian immigrant, Yuri, in 1989 Milwaukee I read this because I m from Milwaukee, although two generations removed from Yuri I m still undecided about how I felt about this book it was well written, certainly, but I did not think Yuri was a very sympathetic character.

  13. Really enjoyed the view through the eyes of a young man coming of age as the son of immigrant parents in Milwaukee.

  14. I liked the characters with all their faults and dents they were all loveable.

  15. One of the best books I read last year,