Fatou Part 2 (Fatou,an african girl in Harlem)
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Not everyone is enamoured, though. He's concerned that this literary fast food genre's uninhibited pursuit of, as Erick S Gray's popular title puts it, Money, Power, Respect Q-Boro Books , is eye candy so addictive that it will eat up the comparatively scant space for black writers in bookshops and publishers' budgets. Britain's X-Press, founded by Dotun Adebayo, also played a role with Victor Headley's groundbreaking Yardie - which became a favourite read at Scotland Yard as the Met attempted to penetrate the subculture.
Street lit has bust out of the ghetto. The mainstream corporations are busy scoring their cut. She began writing while serving five years for selling a kilo of cocaine to an undercover cop. As in rap, the street cred of incarceration encourages urban writers to romanticise their imprisonment as a poor person's Yaddo-style author's retreat.
Having written several manuscripts while doing time for forging cheques, author Relentless Aaron, the self-styled "Father of Urban Fiction" Push , Platinum Dolls , finds readers in hair and nail salons and the buses taking prisoners' relatives to distant jails. He's signed a large deal with St Martin's Press. Sidi, however, fits another archetype - the ambitious immigrant entrepreneur. Working as a cabbie and in shops, he saved up enough to get his first book table.
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Soon realising that his audience wasn't being well served, he wrote and self-published Fatou , on his own Harlem Book Centre imprint, never expecting that his first print run of 10, would sell out in weeks. Arguably street lit's greatest heroine, Fatou is an African Candide: sold by her parents to a much older husband, forced to be a sex slave in Harlem.
How she loved New York City. She still remembered how Jende had stood at the terminal waiting for them, dressed in a red shirt and blue clip-on tie, a bouquet of yellow hydrangeas in his hands. She remembered how Liomi had joined in their embrace, grabbing both of their legs before Jende had paused from holding her to pick him up.
She remembered how they had moved Liomi from their bed to the cot in the middle of the night so they could lie side by side, do all the things they had promised to do to each other in emails and phone calls and text messages. And she still clearly remembered lying in bed next to Jende after they were done, listening to the sounds of America outside the window, the chatter and laughter of African-American men and women on the streets of Harlem, and telling herself: I am in America, I am truly in America.
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On that day in May , she finally became a respectable woman, a woman declared worthy of love and protection. Limbe was now some faraway town, a place she had loved less with every new day Jende was not there.
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In every phone call during the time they were apart she had reminded him of this, of her inability to stop daydreaming about the day she would leave Limbe and be with him in America. In the fall of , Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty--and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons.
With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende's job--even as their marriage threatens to fall apart.
As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice. Praise for Behold the Dreamers "A debut novel by a young woman from Cameroon that illuminates the immigrant experience in America with the tenderhearted wisdom so lacking in our political discourse. Mbue is a bright and captivating storyteller.
It's a novel that depicts a country both blessed and doomed, on top of the world, but always at risk of losing its balance. It is, in other words, quintessentially American. Louis Post-Dispatch "Mbue [is] a deft, often lyrical observer. Chapter 9 He nodded and smiled awkwardly, revealing his crowded teeth and promptly shutting his mouth.
You wanno look lika Angeli Joeli, no? She could never forget that day.