Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
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At the intersection of "Americanah" and "The Help" comes a riveting debut novel about two marriages - one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1% - both chasing their version of the American Dream. In the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Their situation only improves when Jende's son Neni is hired as household help. But in the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness infidelities, skirmishes, and family secrets. Then, with the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, a tragedy changes all four lives forever, and the Jongas must decide whether to continue fighting to stay in a recession-ravaged America or give up and return home to Cameroon.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Random House, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780147523099
Branch Call Number: Fiction Mbue CD
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr., 14 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Onayemi, Prentice


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This wonderfully written, heartwrenching story, beautifully narrated by Prentice Onayemi, of a Cameroonian immigrant and his family struggling to make ends meet in New York right at the time of the collapse of Wall street powerhouse Lehmann Brothers in 2008 tells the flip side of an immigrant suc... Read More »

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SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Nov 22, 2017

Prentice Onayemi's distinctively voiced narration brings this moving examination of the immigrant experience in "classless" America to life.


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