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2019-2020 Common Reader

This guide is an overview of the 2019-2020 common reader, Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers.


IMBOLO MBUE is a native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and an MA from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for more than a decade, she lives in New York City.

Interviews with Imbolo Mbue

Awards for Behold the Dreamers

New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

An ALA Notable Book

Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by:


San Francisco Chronicle

The New York Times Book Review

The Guardian