Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 377 pages

Finally, a book about immigrants that is not horribly depressing.  Jende Jonga leaves Cameroon for New York City.  Several years later he is able to send for his wife, Neni, and their young son.  A successful cousin helps him land a job as a chauffeur for the Edwards family while Neni works as a caregiver and attends school part-time, hoping someday to become a pharmacist.  Their life is better than they ever dreamed it could be until Mr. Edwards’ company, Lehman Brothers, is destroyed.

Behold the Dreamers is a fine debut novel with engaging characters.  It is a tale of strength, resourcefulness and optimism.

 

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Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 377 pages

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