Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

Blurb from Goodreads

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 America 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 the story of a people living in fear amidst 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 interest. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle would last for decades and come at a steep price.

Told through 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 onto its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of her people’s freedom.

“The unforgettable story of a community on the wrong end of Western greed, How Beautiful We Were will enthrall you, appall you, and show you what is possible when a few people stand up and say this is not right. A masterful novel by a spellbinding writer engaged with the most urgent questions of our day.”—David Ebershoff, bestselling author of The Danish Girl

Why I Want To Read It

Wah. Today is the last Monday of 2020. Many have counted off 2020 and are already looking forward to what 2021 has in store. Not that I blame them. 2020 has been a rather interesting and eventful year that tested everyone’s mettle. Our fast-paced lives came to a halt because of an invisible enemy. It was without a doubt that COVID 19 has shaped this year. I hope and pray that in 2021, the virus will slow down, if not totally eliminated.

For the last time this year, I am posting a Goodreads Monday post. For this Monday’s edition, I am featuring Imbolo Mbue’s upcoming novel, How Beautiful We Were. It is going to be published in the first quarter of 2021 but I am already excited for it. Imbolo Mbue, like a score of African writers, have immensely impressed me this year. Mbue, born and raised in Cameroon, won me over with her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. It was an interesting and refreshing take into the the African immigrant narrative.

My previous reading journey with Mbue created such deep impression that when I learned she was releasing a new work, I was giddy in anticipation. The fact that it is set in Africa makes me look forward to it even more. I am hoping that Mbue will give more insights into African culture and history. I sure hope that it is not going to be that challenging obtaining a copy of the book. (HAHA).

How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!