Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue


This is a realistic immigrant story. I hope that doesn’t spoil anything.

Jende Jonga is an immigrant from Cameroon who came to the USA to have a better life for himself, his wife Neni and their son Liomi. Jende becomes a chauffeur for a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, Clark Edwards. Eventually Jende’s wife Neni also gets temporary employment through Clark’s wife Cindy at their summer home in the Hamptons.

You get a good sense of the juxtaposition between the worlds the Edwardses and Jongas embody and the differing challenges and struggles that come their way.

You will enjoy this book if you like reading realistic immigrant stories, issues of poverty/wealth, family bonds, culture and gender roles attributed to culture. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, especially people in the Jonga’s world in Harlem, Manhattan.

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