Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

ISBN9780525509714
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedJune 17, 2017
Pages416
AuthorImbolo Mbue
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.3 Kg.
Height8.0 in.
Width5.3 in.
Depth0.9 in.

Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

Imbolo Mbue

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June 17, 2017

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

Buy Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel by Imbolo Mbue at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines. 

Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

Imbolo Mbue

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ISBN9780525509714
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedJune 17, 2017
Pages416
AuthorImbolo Mbue
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.3 Kg.
Height8.0 in.
Width5.3 in.
Depth0.9 in.

Synopsis

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

Buy Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel by Imbolo Mbue at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines. 

Editorial Reviews

“As a dissection of the American Dream, Imbolo Mbue’s first novel is savage and compassionate in all the right places.”

– The New York Times

“A fresh, engaging entry into the eternally evolving narrative of what it means to be an American—and how human beings, not laws or dogma, define liberty.”

– Entertainment Weekly

“Even as Behold the Dreamers takes some dark, vicious turns, it never feels cheaply cynical, grounded as it is in the well-imagined characters who try, through whatever means possible, to protect their families and better their lives.”

– USA Today