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Imbolo Mbue, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, 2017
Press reviews: 'There are no heroes in this marvellous debut, only nuanced human beings. A classic tale with a surprise ending, as deeply insightful as it is delightfully entertaining' Taiye Selasi 'Imbolo Mbue would be a formidable storyteller anywhere, in any language. It's our good luck that she and her stories are American' Jonathan Franzen 'Eerily timely ... bittersweet and buoyant' Jessie Burton, Observer Books of the Year 'As a dissection of the American Dream, Imbolo Mbue's first novel is savage and compassionate in all the right places' New York Times 'There's an innovative focus to this warm-hearted and timely debut. Cleverly created by fielding more than once class of New York dreamer' The Sunday Times 'Mbue crafts a satire of unusual subtlety.' Observer The cultural and racial observations are fresh, interesting and never laboured' Irish Times 'There are a lot of spinning plates and Mbue balances them skilfully, keeping everything in motion. Even more impressive is the vitality that gleams through the film of gloom as the story becomes less about the Jonga family from day to day than about their efforts to make peace with their fate, whatever and wherever that might be' Scotland on Sunday 'A debut novel that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tender-hearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse ... Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller' Washington Post 'Mbue writes with great confidence and warmth ... A capacious, big-hearted novel' New York Times Book Review