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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
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
New York, 2007: a city of dreamers and strivers, where the newly-arrived and the long-established jostle alike for a place on the ladder of success. And Jende Jonga, who has come from Cameroon, has just set his foot on the first rung. Clark Edwards is a senior partner at Lehman Brothers bank. In need of a discrete and reliable chauffeur, he is too preoccupied to closely check the paperwork of his latest employee. Jende's new job draws him, his wife Neni and their young son into the privileged orbit of the city's financial elite. And when Clark's wife Cindy offers Neni work and takes her into her confidence, the couple begin to believe that the land of opportunity might finally be opening up for them. But there are troubling cracks in their employers' facades, and when the deep fault lines running beneath the financial world are exposed, the Edwards' secrets threaten to spill out into the Jonga's lives. Faced with the loss of all they have worked for, each couple must decide how far they will go in pursuit of their dreams - and what they are prepared to sacrifice along the way
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
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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
TRACS
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Mbue, Imbolo
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Family secrets
  • Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009
  • Families
  • Immigrants
  • Upper class
  • Bankers
  • Financial institutions
  • Cameroonians
Target audience
adult
Label
Behold the dreamers : a novel, Imbolo Mbue
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
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
000058538894
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
382 pages
Isbn
9780008158149
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)957184387
Label
Behold the dreamers : a novel, Imbolo Mbue
Publication
Copyright
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
000058538894
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
382 pages
Isbn
9780008158149
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)957184387

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