Reading on the Pike: "Behold the Dreamers"
Come check out the Pike and chat about the latest great books.
Newcomers are always welcome! This bookclub meets in person on the third Wednesday of each month.
December book selection: "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian 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 demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty'and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job'even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
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We are reading:
- Jan. 19: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- Feb 16: Americanah by Chimamanda N Adichie
- Mar. 16: Beartown by Fredrik Backman
- Apr. 20: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- May 6: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohleben