Imbolo Mbue. (March 15, 2016). Behold the Dreamers: A Novel. New York: Random House, 384 pages. Formats: Ebook, Audio, Hardcover. Available on pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
It was destined to be a debut novel like no other from the moment word came out of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair that American publishing giant, Random House, had signed a seven-figure deal for the North American rights to The Longings of Jende Jonga, a novel by Cameroonian writer Imbolo Mbue – a record by any measure, and particularly so for an unpublished African writer unknown within the African or American literary community.
With no previous published work and virtually no social media footprint, Internet sleuths were unable to dig up any worthwhile information about this mystery novelist described by her agent, Susan Golomb, as "part of the new generation of African writers just being discovered." Ainehi Edoro of Brittle Paper best captured the prevailing mood within the (African) literary community when she wrote that: "If you’re like me, you probably curious about her writing. What does the writing of a million-dollar debut novelist look like?"