Ngozi Adichie's Americanah (2013) and Mbue
's Behold the Dreamers (2016) also explore the inaccessibility of the Dream for African migrants, whose dreams are "deferred" (Hughes  1990) or wholly cancelled.
The titles are: "Behold The Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
, "The Feather Thief: Beauty Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century" by Kirk Wallace Johnson and "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai.
But there is something authentically fresh about the immigrant story presented in Behold the Dreamers, a debut novel by Cameroonian-born Imbolo Mbue.
Mbue herself came from humble beginnings in Cameroon, studied in the US, and was inspired to write the book after she lost her marketing job in the wake of the Lehman Brothers' collapse.
so I can just behold the dreamer (smiles).
's debut novel Behold the Dreamers looks at the American dream from the points of view of two couples - a wealthy New York couple deeply affected when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, and an immigrant couple from Cameroon trying to make it in the new world.
The finalists are: "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
; "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai; and "The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century" by Kirk Wallace Johnson.
The finalists are Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, and The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson.