Jende, Neni, and their son are immigrants in the US from Cameroon. One day Jende gets a job working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a wealthy man who works on Wall Street. Soon Neni starts working for Clarks wife, Cindy, and their two families are intertwined. While Jende and Neni are working for the Edwards, they start to discover that Clark and Cindys life is as perfect as it seems and must make some very difficult decisions. Behold the Dreamers gets at the heart-wrenching reality of the loneliness that can come with being in high society. Jende and Neni become the perfect friends for Clark and Cindy, who mostly just want someone actually to care about them. Through the entire book, Jende and Neni are just good people. They are such real characters, though, and they make real mistakes. They have so much heart and just want the best for their little family. I wish they were real people because I want to be their friends! I cant wait to see what comes next from Imbolo Mbue.
Two marriages, one immigrant working class and the other from the top one percent, are shaped by financial circumstances, infidelities, secrets and the 2008 recession. A first novel.