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Oprah announces new book club pick

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Get ready readers! Oprah has announced her latest book club pick: Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers.

The critically acclaimed and Falkner Award-winning novel explores the American Dream as experienced by Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant who came to the United States in the hope of providing a better life for his wife Neni and their six-year-old son. In 2007, Jende gets hired as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, while Neni gets a temporary job working for Clark’s wife Cindy at their summer home in the Hamptons. However, as the financial world deals with Lehman Brother’s collapse, both Jongas do everything in their power to keep Jende’s job, even at the cost of their own marriage.

“Fifteen years ago, I walked into a public library and borrowed my first Oprah’s Book Club selection, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon,” said Mbue in a statement in regards to her book being picked by Winfrey. “I was so inspired by it that I began writing without thinking much of where my writing would lead me, never quite imagining that it would someday lead to this humbling privilege.”

Behold the Dreamers is the latest book to be named a selection of Winfrey’s book club. Previous selections include Wild by Cheryl Strayed, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, and Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton.

You can order Behold the Dreamers here.