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Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue, is a novel that weaves together the stories of two different families during the financial crisis of 2007-2008 in New York City. One family is affluent, has homes in New York City and the Hamptons, and the other family is an immigrant family from Cameroon trying to make it while renting an apartment in Harlem. The story provides the reader with an inside view of both the struggling immigrant and the wealthy US citizen as they face life in New York before and after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the global economy. The challenge to both families to survive is serious. One of the main characters is dedicated to earning her college degree despite extreme challenges. The book explores many issues, including socioeconomics, race, privilege, immigration, marriage, family, culture, gender roles, and success.

This book has the potential to increase empathy and understanding between people.

Behold the Dreamers was published by Penguin Random House L.L.C. in 2017

All new first year Pace University PLV students will be given a book during orientation to read this summer. They are encouraged to read it as soon as they get it so they can complete the first assignment for their UNV 101 class. The assignment will be given out with the book.

Family and friends are encouraged to purchase the book for themselves and read along with their Pace student this summer.

For more information, email Cathy Raynis Meeker or call at (914) 773-3756.