February Book Club for Grown Ups

Behold The Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue
Jende Jonga, a Camerooian 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’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at their summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last imagine a brighter future. Then the financial world is rocked with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the global economy. Desperate to keep Jende’s job, which grows more tenuous by the day, the Jongas try to protect the Edwardses from certain truths, even as their own marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
“Bright and captivating…illuminates the immigrant experience in America and the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse.”
–– The Washington Post
Thursday, February 22  – 7:00
Friday February 5, 2018