The Resource Behold the dreamers : a novel, Imbolo Mbue

Behold the dreamers : a novel, Imbolo Mbue

Label
Behold the dreamers : a novel
Title
Behold the dreamers
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Imbolo Mbue
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
2007. 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.Working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, he displays the punctuality, discretion, and loyalty that Edwards demands. Neni's temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons means a brighter future-- until Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. As the financial world threatens to collapse, the Jongas become desperate. And as their marriage threatens to fall apart, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice
Summary
Call it a recession novel, or an immigrant tale -- both are true. In 2007, Manhattan-based Cameroonian immigrant Jende Jonga gets a job chauffeuring for Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards, easing the financial strain on his family. At first, all goes well, but problems in the Edwards' marriage lead to problems for the Jongas, and when Lehman falls, both families are caught up in the terrible aftermath. The Jongas -- at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, fearing deportation -- have much more to lose than the wealthy Edwards family, but together provide a perspective on the accessibility (or lack thereof) of the American Dream, as well as a poignant look at globalization and immigrant life. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Theme
Storyline
Pace
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2017.
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
  • PEN-Faulkner Award, 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10457264
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mbue, Imbolo
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3613.B84
LC item number
B44 2016
Literary form
novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Global Financial Crisis (2008-2009)
  • Cameroonians
  • Immigrants
  • Upper class
  • Families
  • Family secrets
  • Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009
  • Cameroonians
  • Families
  • Family secrets
  • Immigrants
  • Upper class
  • United States
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  • FICTION / Family Life
  • FICTION / Literary
Target audience
adult
Label
Behold the dreamers : a novel, Imbolo Mbue
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn906798285
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
382 pages
Isbn
9780812998481
Lccn
2015011560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)906798285
Label
Behold the dreamers : a novel, Imbolo Mbue
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn906798285
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
382 pages
Isbn
9780812998481
Lccn
2015011560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)906798285

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