Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

behold the dreamersTitle: Behold the Dreamers

Author: Imbolo Mbue

Pub Date: August 23, 2016

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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Behold the Dreamers perfectly captures the sad truth that so many people need to fly they countries, their homes to find a better life or at least find a chance to get a decent life somewhere else. It also shows wishful naiveté of people believing that in a wealthy country that they know from TV their life is granted to be better. Escaping is just the first step.

I enjoy books with an immigration theme and Behold the Dreamers a great book about immigrants. In the days before the collapse of Lehmann Brothers illegal immigrant from Cameroon – Jende Jonga gets a job as a chauffeur for a Wall Street man Clark Edwards. Jende is fighting cruel American immigration system trying to get a green card; his lawyer advised him to petition for asylum. Jende believes that America is the place for him to become somebody and for his family to have a good life,  surely better than the one they could have in Africa. His wife Neni believes in America even more. Continue reading