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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers has been selected by Oprah Winfrey for her Book Club. The media mogul revealed this two days ago, describing the book as a “breathless journey.”

“It’s everything our culture is grappling with right now, at least many of the things about race and class, about the economy, immigration, the dangers of us versus them mentality. So when you read it, it’ll feel very modern, like it’s happening right now,” Winfrey said. “And underneath the story pumps everything we love about a story: heart and soul of family love, the pursuit of happiness and actually what home really means.”

Mbue shot to fame when the manuscript of the novel, then titled The Longings of Jende Jonga, sold for a million dollars. The novel has since seen warm reception, winning the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award.

The first African book to be selected for Oprah’s Book Club is Uwem Akpan’s heartrending short story collection Say You’re One of Them, in 2009. Binyavanga Wainaina’s memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place was also chosen in 2011. Selection for the book club is known to catapult books to bestseller status.

Watch Oprah talk about the book in the video below.

Congratulations to Imbolo! We’re already guessing how many more copies she would be selling soon.

Buy Behold the Dreamers HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

3 Responses to “Imbolo Mbue’s Behold The Dreamers Picked for Oprah’s Book Club” Subscribe

  1. Muna 2017/06/28 at 10:05 #

    Go Imbolo! Heartwarming news right here. Major congrats to you.

  2. Wamae 2017/06/30 at 07:56 #

    This is wonderful news! Congratulations!

  3. Kasanda Malemba 2017/07/02 at 00:02 #

    can’t wait to read it

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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