Contemporary Fiction

Behold the Dreamers

by Imbolo Mbue

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Imbolo Mbue with Behold the Dreamers.

Quick take

I fell in love with these characters, their friends and relatives... I still hear their voices in my head, still wonder what they're doing and if they're happy.

Why I love it

Perfectly situated during the financial crisis of 2008, Behold the Dreamers is a sublime exploration of our country's enduring and questionable promise: the American Dream. This dazzling debut revolves around two very different New York families in a familiar and inevitably fraught relationship: the wealthy privileged employer, and the aspiring immigrant employee. The beauty of the book resides in...

Member thoughts

49% Love
44% Like
6% Dislike
  • Lynn L.

    Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    "Very realistic family situation. Suprising ending."

  • Allyson F.

    Kelseyville, CA

    "Loved this but found it rather sad."

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "The characters came to life and it gave me a much greater understanding of what it must feel like to move here from another country. Wish I could throw this book into the hands of lots of Americans."

  • Jillian B.

    Dallas, TX

    "Loved the characters and the writing. "

  • Holly B.

    Gearhart, OR

    "Solid debut with relatable characters"

  • Jeanne O.

    South Easton, MA

    "This one had me re-thinking my attitudes towards immigrants. Great read."

  • Sheri L.

    Birmgingham, MI

    "Makes you think about different sides of the immigration issue and how lives are impacted"

  • Carlene M.

    Medford , MA

    "Engaging characters that I cared about and relevant theme of the difficulties that immigrants face when trying to stay in our country."

  • Tyler O.

    Hollywood, FL

    "The book was a great reflection on the Economic Crisis of 2008. I love how the author made you identify with the characters and root for their success and fill the agony of their defeats."

  • Jeff O.

    Orem, UT

    "What an incredible exploration of the immigrant status. A tale that illuminates the current immigration debate in the US. Really fantastic read! "

  • Nicole L.

    Boynton Beach, FL

    "This was a wow! "