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Oprah picks Imbolo Mbue’s ‘Behold the Dreamers’ for book club

Oprah Winfrey has chosen

Oprah Winfrey has chosen "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue, above, as the summer pick for her book club. Credit: Kiriko Sano

Oprah Winfrey is hitting the books again.

Yesterday, she announced the summer pick of her book club is “Behold the Dreamers,” the debut novel by Imbolo Mbue. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction earlier this year, the novel tells the story of an immigrant from Cameroon who goes to work as the chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive and how their two families become intertwined on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis.

“It’s about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the Us vs. Them mentality,” Winfrey said in a video announcing the selection. “And underneath it all comes the heart and soul of family, love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means.”

An interview with Mbue, who was born in Cameroon, will run in the August issue of O magazine, and video clips from Oprah’s interview with the author can be seen on and

— Tom Beer


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