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This is how they break you

Elizabeth Lowry: Dinaw Mengestu

4 June 2014
All Our Names 
by Dinaw Mengestu.
Sceptre, 256 pp., £17.99, June 2014, 978 1 4447 9377 2
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... How​ was I supposed to live in America when I had never really left Ethiopia?’ the immigrant Sepha Stephanos asks in DinawMengestu’s first novel, Children of the Revolution (2007). Mengestu is himself an Ethiopian-American, having settled in the US with his family at the age of two. His second novel, How to Read the Air (2010), revisited the same question in the figure of Jonas ...

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