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I went to the library today and picked up a copy of “Be Hold the Dreamers” I was intrigued by the title and then happened to pick up my copy of the Oprah’s magazine to see that it was the book of the month!
Behold the Dreamers, the debut novel by Cameroonian-American author Imbolo Mbue. The book won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and landed on notable book lists by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, and many others.
“It’s everything our culture is grappling with right now, at least many of the things about race and class, about the economy, immigration, the dangers of us versus them mentality,” Winfrey said on CBS. “So when you read it, it’ll feel very modern, like it’s happening right now. And underneath the story pumps everything we love about a story: heart and soul of family love, the pursuit of happiness and actually what home really means.”
The novel focuses on Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem who in 2007 lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Jende and his wife Neni begin to embrace the American Dream—though the reality is more complicated. The collapse of Lehman Brothers during the global financial crisis threatens the jobs of both Edwards and Jonga and dramatically upends the lives of both their families.
(Source Fortune Magazine)
I have never had to deal with coming to a new country – my life has been very stable compared to life of an immigrant. I do know what it is life to experience job loss within my family and how that can just rock your world.
It has taught me many lessons one of which is never take anything for granted. WIBN community I hope you will join me in reading this book. Let’s share our thoughts on an online conference to discuss this book and any personal experiences you have had.