Behold the Dreamers
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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.
A great debut. I have not read much from African authors and it was very interesting to follow a Cameroonian immigrant family in New York. The juxtaposition of the Jonga and Edwards families and their problems was giving food for thought, though I was not completely buying into the Edwards story. I am now curious to try all that Cameroonian food and I found this link useful for better understanding the Cameroonian words and expressions used in the book: http://nkiachaatemnkeng.blogspot.com/2017/03/definitions-of-some-of-italicized-non.html?m=1
The book lacked it.
Journal Entry 2
Wishlist Tag Game, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Released 2 mos ago (9/29/2021 UTC) at Wishlist Tag Game, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
An extra copy was bought on BWB because I was not able to mail my copy of the book from Georgia to New Zealand. Let's see how this copy is doing...
Journal Entry 3
Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, October 30, 2021
A letter box surprise after a long journey. Thank you so much.
Journal Entry 4
—- by hand, post, or courier in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, November 26, 2021
Planned Release in 1 day (11/30/2021 11:00 AM UTC) at —- by hand, post, or courier in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand
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Off as a Wishlist tag.