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.