35 year old Imbolo Mbue looks amazing in this photograph, showing that her exquisite taste is not limited to literature alone. She’s owning a monochrome red Altuzarra outfit and dishing out all sorts of hair envy with her very free and very wonderful halo of Afro.

Thanks to a recent feature on Glamour US, we now know two fascinating things about the Cameroonian novelist. She is a fan of Tennis. When it comes to music playing devices, Mbue is all about the ’90s. She still uses a Discman!

This stunning picture of her draped in designer pieces is not only a celebration of her youthful beauty and fashion sense, it is also a celebration of her literary successes. In 2014 Mbue made a grand entrance into the global literature scene when she signed a million-dollar book deal with Random House for her debut manuscript.

The novel titled Behold the Dreamers was released a couple of weeks ago to worldwide acclaim. Read our review of the book here. It tells the story of a Cameroonian immigrant living in NYC during the 2008 housing market crisis. It’s a mustread!

Congrats to Mbue on the new book. We are always so very happy to celebrate her success!

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2 Responses to “Imbolo Mbue: The Novelist with a Million Dollar Smile” Subscribe

  1. Farida 2016/09/01 at 10:36 am #

    Lovely picture and feature. Big congrats Imbolo. We are rooting for you.


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