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Behold the Dreamers - A Novel

Imbolo Mbue

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream-the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty-and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job-even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. Praise for Behold the Dreamers "A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse . . . Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller."-The Washington Post "A capacious, big-hearted novel."-The New York Times Book Review "Behold the Dreamers' heart . . . belongs to the struggles and small triumphs of the Jongas, which Mbu

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream-the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty-and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job-even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. Praise for Behold the Dreamers "A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse . . . Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller."-The Washington Post "A capacious, big-hearted novel."-The New York Times Book Review "Behold the Dreamers' heart . . . belongs to the struggles and small triumphs of the Jongas, which Mbu
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream-the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty-and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job-even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. Praise for Behold the Dreamers "A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse . . . Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller."-The Washington Post "A capacious, big-hearted novel."-The New York Times Book Review "Behold the Dreamers' heart . . . belongs to the struggles and small triumphs of the Jongas, which Mbu

Language:

English

Narrators:

Prentice Onayemi

Length:

12h 15m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:24


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:01


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:25


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

12:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

12:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

10:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

13:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

17:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:28


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

17:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:52