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Interview With Imbolo Mbue Author Of Behold The Dreamers

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Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for over a decade, she lives in New York City. BEHOLD THE DREAMERS is her first novel.

In Cameroonian-born author Imbolo Mbue's debut novel, an immigrant family struggles to claim their own iteration of the American Dream. Ultimately, they are forced to reckon with whether or not the dream is worth the struggle. 

Behold the Dreamers is the story of Jende and Neni Jonga, who move with their young son to the United States from their native Ghana in search of new opportunities. They love New York City but struggle to make ends meet — and to secure the government documents that would allow them to stay in the country. When Jende is to be the private chauffeur to a Wall Street exec named Clark Edwards, it seems like the answer to the Jonga's problems. But as Jende and Neni increasingly entrenched in the Edwards family's world, the more they both realize they might be in over their heads.