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From the celebrated author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, comes a sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an America oil company.

"We should have known the end was near."

So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells the story of a
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by Random House
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    CapricornReads- Kyra
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Incredibly beautiful. I could not put this down. A great contemporary with characters that will be remembered.


    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
    Abby Suzanne
    Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    How Beautiful We Were, by Imbolo Mbue, was a book and a half. I saw another reviewer call this book an epic, and I completely agree. This book forced me to read it slowly; I couldn't skim over words and read each sentence with care and focus. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the plot, but I do know by the time I reached the end of How Beautiful We Were I felt drained and exhausted, in a good way. It's not that the book was emotional like A Little Life, or that so much happened in the ...more
    James Beggarly
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A beautiful, thoughtful, incredibly moving epic. Taking place over fifty years, this novel reads like a fable, but it doesn’t take very long before you start to see the real life counterparts of the fictional African country and the fictional oil company, as the one flattens all to take what it wants from the ground, as the other struggles through sickness to try and keep their history and way of life. A devastating book, but a book that is filled with so many characters that have joy in their ...more
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    Imbolo Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University. A resident of the United States for over a decade, she lives in New York City. BEHOLD THE DREAMERS is her first novel.