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The Literary Garden: Book Discussions – Behold the Dreamers: A Novel

February 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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The Literary Garden: Book Discussions
Clayton Hutcheson Conference Room
FREE Program
Facilitated by Palm Beach County Librarian

There are few pleasures in life that surpass that of reading a good book or cultivating your own garden. Join us as we partner again with the Palm Beach County Library System to combine these two distinct joys in life! This series will provide an opportunity for book lovers and garden enthusiasts to come together and experience exciting fiction and nonfiction titles. Each month on a Tuesday night, we’ll discuss a different title while we take in the beautiful grounds of the Garden. To register and obtain a copy of the titles, please call Rochelle Wolberg at ext. 1751.

Book Title: Behold the Dreamers: A Novel
By: Imbolo Mbue

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

Oprah Book Club, New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY 
NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews 

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.

 

Details

Date:
February 13
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Organizer

Mounts Events
Phone:
561-233-1757
Email:
info@mounts.org
Website:
www.mounts.org

Venue

Mounts Botanical Garden
531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415 United States
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Phone:
5612331757

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Washed Ashore Art to Save the Sea Exhibit is running now through June 3. Special Event Pricing is in effect.

  • Adults 12 & older: $15
  • Veterans: $10
  • Children 5-12: $5
  • Members of Mounts & Children 4 and under: FREE

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