The Springfield Free Public Library's (Really Good!) Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, March 7th at 7 p.m. to discuss Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue.
Published in 2016, this debut novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. It was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and other sources. The book is about marriage, immigration, class, race and the trapdoors of the American Dream. Jende Jonga, a Cameroon immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive not long before the 2008 financial crisis. With the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Jonga and his family must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return to Cameroon. Mbue’s novel was partly based on personal experience. A native of Cameroon, Mbue is a New York City resident who lost her job working in a media marketing department after the crash and wondered how others managed, including the drivers she saw parked in front of the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan.