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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, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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 June 28, 2017 at 10:05 am #

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

  2. Wamae June 30, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    This is wonderful news! Congratulations!

  3. Kasanda Malemba July 2, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    can’t wait to read it

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