How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue audiobook

How Beautiful We Were: A Novel

By Imbolo Mbue
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Random House Audio 9780593132425
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From the celebrated author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers comes a sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company. “We should have known the end was near.” So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean up and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interests. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle will last for decades and come at a steep price. Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.

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From the celebrated author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers comes a sweeping, wrenching story about the collision of a small African village and an American oil company.

“We should have known the end was near.”

So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells of a people living in fear amid environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company.

Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean up and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interests. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle will last for decades and come at a steep price.

Told from the perspective of a generation of children and the family of a girl named Thula who grows up to become a revolutionary, How Beautiful We Were is a masterful exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An aching narrative about greed, community and perseverance.” Time
“A David and Goliath story for our times, a riveting tale of how people coming together to make change can topple even the fiercest, best-financed foe.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Mbue’s remarkable storytelling makes this book shine.” Ms. Magazine
“A generation of narrative voices, many of them children, shape this sweeping, elegiac story of capitalism, colonialism, and boundless greed, reminding us of the myriad ways we fail to make a better world for our children.” Esquire
“Among the many virtues of Mbue’s novel is the way it uses an ecological nightmare to frame a vivid and stirring picture of human beings’ asserting their value to the world, whether the world cares about them or not.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Will enthrall you, appall you, and show you what is possible when a few people stand up and say, ‘This is not right.’” David Ebershoff, New York Times bestselling author
“A book with the richness and power of a great contemporary fable, and a heroine for our time.” Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend, winner of the National Book Award

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Author

Author Bio: Imbolo Mbue

Author Bio: Imbolo Mbue

Imbolo Mbue, a native of Cameroon and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities. She lives in New York City.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. It was also named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, Washington Post, and a dozen other publications. The novel has been translated into eleven languages, adapted into an opera and a stage play, and optioned for a movie.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 14.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English