Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Behold the Dreamers - by Imbolo Mbue

Jende Jonga lives in Harlem with his wife Neni, and son Liomi. Immigrants from Cameroon, Jende lands a job as a chauffeur for an executive at Lehman Brothers while Neni studies to become a pharmacist. They don't have a lot of money, and they know that they can get good, free assistance at the library. This is evident in the first paragraph of the first page of the book.
He'd never been asked to wear a suit to a job interview. Never been told to bring along a copy of his résumé. He hadn't even owned a résumé until the previous week when he'd gone to the library on Thirty-fourth and Madison and a volunteer career counselor had written one for him...

Neni also makes good use of her college library to do her homework.

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