Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue

Staff Pick

Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel Behold the Dreamers is quintessential African immigrant literature because of its main concern: leaving and finding home. Imbolo Mbue, a Cameroonian immigrant, beautifully captures the unbridled optimism, uncertainty and challenges that comes with creating a new life in a new land. The novel’s central characters, the Jongas, are Cameroonian immigrants during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Juxtaposing them with the wealthy Edwards family they work for, the novel succeeds in a clear depiction of two different families experiencing two different types of economic realities. The novel reaches far and wide when painting this picture, and demonstrates the obvious and not-so-obvious panic from different rungs of the social ladder. Behold the Dreamers hits the mark in raising an important question: can America deliver on its promise for those who dare to dream?

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ISBN: 9780812998481
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Published: Random House - August 23rd, 2016

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ISBN: 9780525509714
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 26th, 2017