Book groups will love this compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream.
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’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, the future looks bright…until Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades. As the financial world threatens to collapse, the Jongas become desperate and Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. This one was made for discussion!