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Behold the Dreamers: A Novel Paperback – June 26, 2017 by Imbolo Mbue

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PUB: June 26, 2017

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Author: Mbue Imbolo

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

Package Dimensions: 26x203x308

Number Of Pages: 416

Release Date: 26-06-2017

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A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY  NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews
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.

Praise for Behold the Dreamers

“A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse . . . Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller.”
—The Washington Post

“A capacious, big-hearted novel.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Behold the Dreamers’ heart . . . belongs to the struggles and small triumphs of the Jongas, which Mbue traces in clean, quick-moving paragraphs.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“Mbue’s writing is warm and captivating.”
—People (book of the week)

“[Mbue’s] book isn’t the first work of fiction to grapple with the global financial crisis of 2007–2008, but it’s surely one of the best. . . . It’s a novel that depicts a country both blessed and doomed, on top of the world, but always at risk of losing its balance. It is, in other words, quintessentially American.”
—NPR

“This story is one that needs to be told.”
—Bust


Behold the
Dreamers challenges us all to consider what it takes to make us genuinely content, and how long is too long to live with our dreams deferred.”
—O: The Oprah Magazine
“[A] beautiful, empathetic novel.”
—The Boston Globe

“A witty, compassionate, swiftly paced novel that takes on race, immigration, family and the dangers of capitalist excess.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Mbue [is] a deft, often lyrical observer. . . . [Her] meticulous storytelling announces a writer in command of her gifts.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Review
“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

“In Imbolo Mbue’s sprightly debut . . . songs of innocence and arrogance collide.”
—Vogue

“Imagine Lorraine Hansberry’s play/film
A Raisin in the Sun with a Cameroonian cast of characters in early twenty-first century New York City, and you may come up with something clos

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