Behold the Dreamers (Imbolo Imbue)

"He'd never had to worry about whether his experience would be appropriate, whether his English would be perfect, whether he would succeed in coming across as intelligent enough."

"He'd never had to worry about whether his experience would be appropriate, whether his English would be perfect, whether he would succeed in coming across as intelligent enough."

Cameroon/U.S.A. / 2016

This new book is about a Cameroonian immigrant couple's struggle to build a new life in New York City during the Great Recession. In the quote, the main character, Jende, is preparing for his first job interview in America. While I am glad a book like this exists, I am slightly troubled by the fact that most African novels published in America are about this very same thing: immigration to America. It's important to recognize that this is a very classist and narrow literary representation of Africans. I look forward to the time when America is no longer the focal point of African novels published in America.

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