Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Advanced Reader’s Copy)
English | 2016 | Contemporary Fiction | 4.6 MB
In the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Jende hopes the new job will enable him, his adored wife, Neni, and his young son, to live a better life in America.
Their situation only improves when Neni is hired as household help by Clark’s wife, Cindy.
But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Desperate to shield the fragile life they’ve built in New York, the Jongas protect the Edwardses, even when the other couple’s secrets begin to drive a wedge between Jende and Neni. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon. A deeply empathetic debut novel about marriage, class, and race, and the crevasses in the American Dream.