Imbolo Mbue Books in Order

The Imbolo Mbue books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Imbolo Mbue books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Behold the Dreamers

MBUE IMBOLO 2016

WINNER OF THE 2017 PEN/FAULKNER AWARDA NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARAN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEARAN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK‘A formidable storyteller’ Jonathan Franzen‘Savage and compassionate in all the right places’ New York Times Book Review‘Eerily timely … bittersweet and buoyant’ Jessie BurtonNew York, 2007.

After two long years apart, Jende Jonga has brought his wife Neni from Cameroon to join him in the land of opportunity. Drawn by the promise of America they are seeking the chance of a better life for them and their son.When Jende lands a dream job as chauffeur to a Lehman Brothers executive, Neni finds herself taken into the confidence of his glamorous wife Cindy.

The Edwards are powerful and privileged: dazzling examples of what America can offer to those who are prepared to strive for it.But when the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, all four lives are dramatically upended. As faultlines appear in both marriages and secrets bubble to the surface they must all decide how far they will go in pursuit of their dreams.

And what will they sacrifice along the way?‘A marvellous debut… as deeply insightful as it is delightfully entertaining’ Taiye Selasi

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How Beautiful We Were

Mbue, Imbolo 2021

From the celebrated author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers comes a sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company. “A novel with the richness and power of a great contemporary fable, and a heroine for our time.

”—Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend, winner of the National Book Award We should have known the end was near. So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company.

Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of cleanup and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interests.

Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle will last for decades and come at a steep price. Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.

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