The Puyallup Library and Pierce County READS (Pierce County Library System's county-wide reading initiative) welcome Imbolo Mbue to talk about her novel, Behold the Dreamers. For the audiobook version, click here. A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream. It's the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy. Behold the Dreamers won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was named by The New York Times and The Washington Post as one of the notable books of 2016. It was also named as a best book of 2016 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The novel also won the 2017 Blue Metropolis Words to Change Prize.
Imbolo Mbue is a native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for more than a decade, she lives in New York City.