Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly choose a book from our Goodreads To Read list and share it with everyone. A lot of people do this. I got the idea from Danielle over at Books, Vertigo and Tea
Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue
From Goodreads: 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. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.
However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
I came across this book while looking through my local library’s ‘New Fiction’ Pinterest board. Because I’m trying to read more books by authors from around the world, and because it has been so well reviewed, I decided to add it to my list.