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’
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.