Book picks as published in the February 1, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Behold the dreamers : a novel
By Imbolo Mbue
A riveting debut novel about two marriages – one immigrant and working class, the other from the top 1% – both chasing their version of the American Dream. In the fall of 2007, Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. His wife Neni is hired as household help.
Homegoing : a novel
By Yaa Gyasi
A novel about race, history, ancestry, love and time, charting the course of two sisters torn apart in 18th century Africa through to the present day. Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonist; her sister, Esi, will be sold into slavery in America.