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Behold the Dreamers

Every now and then, I come across a book that will really open my eyes to the struggles of people whose lives are very different to my own. Behold the Dreamers is one such book. The incredible debut novel from Imbolo Mbue tells the story of a married couple from Cameroon who leave behind their comfortable small town life to chase the American Dream in New York City.

Jende Jonga find himself working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, while his wife Neni also lands a temporary housekeeping job with the Edwards family. As the Jongas become entangled in the Edwards’ affairs, they soon discover that money isn’t everything.

Mbue has written an insightful account into immigration, race, and a couple’s struggle to create a better life for their family. A must-read for just about anyone.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario also gives Behold the Dreamers praise: “A beautiful novel about one African couple starting a new life in a new land, Behold the Dreamers will teach you as much about the promise and pitfalls of life in the United States as about the immigrants who come here in search of the so-called American dream.”