April Read: “Behold the Dreamers”

Behold the Dreamers  by Imbolo Mbue

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 • long listed for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book 2017


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.

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Educated by Tara Westover

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel


One comment on “April Read: “Behold the Dreamers”

  1. Fran Hopkins says:

    Hello friends!

    I am getting ready to have the Book Club meeting at my home on April 11th! Since I lived in Baltimore, Maryland for 10 years I want to make CRAB CAKES for the entree. In fact, any excuse I have to make crab cakes is OK with me! I will make a simple sauce for them although in Baltimore, the typical “sauce” is mustard – like ballpark mustard which I happen to love! Another standard side is coleslaw – I will also prepare that too! Think of spring and bring anything you would like to have with that! My place is smaller than some since I live in a Condo so if the crowd is big, I may have to ask someone to bring a folding chair. But I’ll wait and see! Kim was kind enough to let me have a folding table and 3 chairs and I do appreciate her so much.

    My address: 3720 Country Club Drive, Apt. B, Birmingham, AL 35213
    I live in the Lenox Condominiums right off Monclair Road – the entrance is directly across from the Soccer field also called Massey Park. Turn in and go to the second left you can take and then the first left – my building is then on the right. I am on the ground floor – “B”.

    I’m looking forward to hosting you all!!

    Fran Hopkins

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