Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, believes fortune is shining upon him when he land a job working as a chauffeur for a rich executive at Lehman Brothers, and he’s even happier when Jende’s wife is hired to work at the executive’s summer home. After struggling, finally, their dreams of making a living in America may be coming true. But their employer’s financial world is rocked by the collapse of his job, threatening to bring down Jende’s dreams for his family as well. This is a compelling, beautifully written look at the the immigrant experience in America, as well as a sharp-eyed examination of race and class.
Backlist bump: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri