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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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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he 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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