Black Authors, Here Is One More Member For The Club

Imbolo Mbue hasn't been among Black authors too long but she's already popular.

A new literary star us elevating the stories of immigrants in the U. S. and shining a light on the complicated nuances of pursuing the American dream.


After moving to America from Cameroon to study at Rutgers University, Mbue, 36, worked at a media company before delving into the written word and the world of Black authors. Her first novel, Behold the Dreamers, was rejected for three years by various agents. It debuted to critica acclaim last year.

“It matters to really go deep and see what you need to say. Let the world in. Let the world see what it is like for us.”


“I wanted to talk about what it’s like to be an immigrant in New York City and the struggle to go for the American dream. People who come here…there’s so much we don’t know. It is tough to be Black in this country. It is tough to be poor in this country. These are things that I did not know.”

“Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon notably changed my life. That was the first book of its nature that I had read. I kept thinking, Wow, this is a whole other way of writing.”


CAMEROON. ”I was born in a small village outside a town called Limbe. When I was about 8 years old, my mother sent me to live with an aunt who had a lot of books in her house. I read Shakespeare and Dickens and a lot of African writers, like Chinua Achebe. I came to America when I was about 17 to go to Rutgers University in New Jersey.”

“I meet so many young people of color. They come to me and say, I am so glad to see you doing this It’s challenging, but we have so many opportunities to have our voices heard. Tell the story you have to tell.




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