Imbolo Mbue: How Beautiful We Were
Imbolo Mbue discusses her powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were, which follows the environmental degradation brought on by an American oil company in the fictional African village of Kosawa. This modern fable comes from the perspective of a whole generation of children, determined to hold on to their ancestral land despite the impacts of pipeline spills that cause toxic water, infertile farmlands the blind pursuit of profit and the unfulfilled promises of reparations and cleanup.
Imbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Prize and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Named a notable book of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post and a best book of the year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into eleven languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a movie. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue lives in New York City.
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