2018 BOOK LOVERS’ LUNCHEON with Imbolo Mbue
In this book, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman and Brothers, in the fall of 2007. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Jende’s wife, Neni, temporary work at their summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. Then the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Desperate to keep Jende’s job, which grows more tenuous by the day, the Jongas try to protect the Edwardses from certain truths, even as their own marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy.
New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Long-listed for the PEN/Open Book Award • ALA Notable Book • adapted into an opera and stage play • optioned for a movie
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 11:30–3:00 PM - SOLD OUT
Proceeds will support the annual Author-in-Residence program in the Hopewell Valley public schools. ($25 of the admission fee is tax deductible.)