Oprah’s Book Club selects Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

By Kelly Roberts | June 26 2017 | Adult

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine announced today the newest Oprah’s Book Club selection, Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers. In this novel, Ms. Mbue explores colliding classes, cultures and dreams.  It’s a story of two fathers, a working-class immigrant from Cameroon, hired as a chauffeur in the fall of 2007, right before one of the biggest financial crisis in history, and his lavishly wealthy employer, a top Lehman Brothers executive, and how their families become inextricably linked.  

Penguin Random House US is pleased to be publishing a new trade paperback export edition featuring a Q&A with Imbolo and a Reader’s Group Guide, on sale today, June 26.

Watch Oprah making the announcement on CBS This Morning:


“Fifteen years ago, I walked into a public library and borrowed my first Oprah’s Book Club selection–Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon –  and 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,” said Ms. Mbue.

The cross-platform book club selection kicks off with Oprah’s interview with Imbolo Mbue in the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Oprah.com will feature video clips from Oprah’s interview with Imbolo.

Imbolo Mbue is a native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for more than a decade, she lives in New York City.  Behold the Dreamers, her critically acclaimed debut novel, won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was named by The New York Times and The Washington Post as one of their Notable Books of 2016.

Behold the Dreamers
At the intersection of Americanah and the fiction of Amy Tan, a riveting debut novel about two marriages -- one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1% -- both chasing their version of the American Dream.
$29.00 US
Aug 23, 2016
400 Pages
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt