Current Friars Leaders

2018-19 Friars Leaders

Imbolo Mbue   

Imbolo Mbue Author HeadshotImbolo Mbue is the New York Times best-selling author of Behold the Dreamers, selected as the Class of 2022 First Year Read.  

Behold the Dreamers is a novel about a young Cameroonian family living in Harlem, New York, in the year leading up to the financial crisis of 2008.  Jende Jonga lands a job working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, senior executive at the Lehman Brothers, in the fall of 2007.  His wife, Neni, is eventually hired as a household help for the Edwards family.  Barely making ends meet, they hope that their newly secured positions will enable them to live the "American dream" and provide a better life for their six-year old son.  But over the course of their work, Jende and Neni begin to witness skirmishes, infidelities, and family secrets, and are forced to make difficult decisions culminating in a dramatic upending following the collapse of the Lehman Brothers in 2008.  

Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon and a graduate of Columbia and Rutgers universities.  She currently resides in New York City.