Friday, August 04, 2006
Red Weather by Pauls Toutonghi
This book showed up in many summer publications as a new novel of interest. Main character Yuri Balodis is just a typical high school student trying to survive adolescence and the craziness of his immigrant parents. Then he meets Hannah Graham, daughter of a socialist activist, who is everything his parents wouldn't want for him in a girlfriend. Yuri begins sneaking out at night to peddle the activist paper with Hannah and things start to heat up. Much of the humor in this book comes from the twisted grammar of Yuri's father, who is trying to raise his son to be a good American. I've read reviews that call Red Weather a Latvian-American Catcher in the Rye.