Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue is a Cameroonian-American author best known for her debut novel 'Behold the Dreamers,' which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was an Oprah's Book Club selection. The novel explores the immigrant experience in America and the intersection of the American dream with the 2008 financial crisis. Mbue's work is recognized for its insightful portrayal of issues of immigration, class, and race.


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  1. 1. Behold the Dreamers

    This novel explores the lives of two families in New York City during the 2008 financial crisis. One family is a wealthy couple who live a luxurious lifestyle due to their Wall Street connections, while the other family is a pair of Cameroonian immigrants who are trying to make ends meet. As the financial crisis hits, both families face challenges that test their relationships, their dreams, and their understanding of the American Dream.

  2. 2. How Beautiful We Were

    "How Beautiful We Were" is a novel set in a fictional African village called Kosawa, where the people are suffering from the devastating effects of an American oil company's presence. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl named Thula, who grows up to become a revolutionary leader fighting for justice for her people. The novel explores themes of environmental destruction, corruption, and the power of community and resistance. It is a powerful and moving story that sheds light on the ongoing struggles faced by many communities in the Global South.