Calling all book clubbers! Behold the Dreamers is a book you won't want to read without friends to discuss it with. Pour the wine and pop the popcorn, because you will want to pick apart every decision these characters make.
Jende and his wife Neni have worked harder than most of us can imagine to emigrate from their native Cameroon and build a life in America. When Jende is hired as a chauffeur for an executive at a massive financial firm, their dreams seem to have finally found solid footing, especially when Neni is invited to work for the executive's wife on a temporary basis.
However, it's impossible for Jende and Neni to work for their new employers without getting involved in their lives. They see and hear everything. They're privy to secrets both personal and professional, and despite their wealth, their employers' private lives are not always pretty. Further thickening the plot are Jende and Neni's own struggles to remain in the country legally.
How far would you go to build the life you've always dreamed of? Are some bad choices excusable depending on the circumstances? I suspect there will be many differing opinions on this score, as even Jende and Neni don't always see eye to eye on it. I loved all the questions this book brought to my mind, but I have to admit, I wished for an ending with a little more impact. It's a minor quibble, though, when the surprises and twists were so effective.
With regards to Random House and Goodreads for the advance copy, which I was lucky enough to win in a recent giveaway. On sale August 23!