Date: August 23, 2016
Time: 06:30 to 08:00
Place: Busboys and Poets (14th & Vst.) 2021 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Imbolo Mbue’s eloquent debut novel takes the timeless story of immigrants coming to the U.S. in search of a better life and plants it in a particularly difficult historical moment. The 2008 economic crisis was a hard time for the American Dream, and when Jende and Neni Jonga arrive in New York from Cameroon late in 2007, they initially feel fortunate to find work with the family of a Wall Street executive. But their employer works for Lehman Brothers, and the Jongas learn hard truths about the socio-economic realities of their new country. Mbue, herself a native of Limbe, Cameroon, now living in New York, draws on her dual heritage to vividly depict a singular cultural crossroads.
This event is supported by YAP and Politics & Prose. Politics & Prose is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub. More information about Politics and Prose can be found by visiting the bookstore’s website. Copies of the novel will be available for sale at the event.