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BOOKCLUB: Behold The Dreamers
Summary of BEHOLD THE DREAMERS Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. As you read the book mark page numbers and passages that stand out for you. Please bring a question that you would like to discuss with the group and a snack/appetizer to share. Here are a few general questions that we will use to jump start our discussion: 1. The circumstance that sets the book in motion is called the inciting moment. What was the inciting moment of this book? 2. Describe the character development. Who did you identify with? Did your opinions about any of the characters change over the course of the novel? 3. How does the author use language and imagery to bring the characters to life? Did the book's characters or style in any way remind you of another book? 4. What do you believe is the message the author is trying to convey to the reader? What did you learn from this book? Was it educational in any way? 5. Why do you think the author chose the title? Is there a significant meaning behind it? 6. Is there a part of the novel you didn't understand? Are you confused by a character's actions or the outcome of an event? 7. Do you think the setting, both time and location, played a large roll in this novel? Could it have happened anywhere, at anytime? If so, how would the novel have changed? 8. In your opinion, is the book entertaining? Explain why or why not. 9. What is your favorite passage? 10. How did this book touch your life? Can you relate to it on any level?

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