VIDEO: Oprah Announces 'Behold the Dreamers' by Imbolo Mbue as Latest Book Club Selection
OWN: Oprah Winfrey NETWORK and O, The Oprah Magazine announced today the newest Oprah's Book Club selection, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. In this novel, Mbue explores colliding classes, cultures and dreams. It's a story of two fathers, a working-class immigrant from Cameroon, hired as a chauffeur in the fall of 2007, right before one of the biggest financial crisis in history, and his lavishly wealthy employer, a top Lehman Brothers executive, and how their families become inextricably linked.
"Fifteen years ago, I walked into a public library and borrowed my first Oprah's Book Club selection--Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon"-- and was so inspired by it that I began writing without thinking much of where my writing would lead me, never quite imagining that it would someday lead to this humbling privilege," said Imbolo Mbue.
The cross-platform book club selection kicks off with Oprah's interview with Imbolo Mbue in the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (on newsstands July 11). Oprah.com and Amazon.com will feature video clips from Oprah's interview with Imbolo Mbue as well as a reading guide. To start reading a free sample of the Kindle book, customers can visit: Amazon.com/kindle-beholdthedreamers.
Behold the Dreamers is available for purchase on Amazon.com/oprahsbookclub, on Audible and wherever books are sold nationwide.
About Behold the Dreamers Behold the Dreamers is Imbolo Mbue's compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream. 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.
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