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How Beautiful We Were

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How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
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Mar 09, 2021 | ISBN 9780593132425

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“Sweeping and quietly devastating… How Beautiful We Were charts the ways repression, be it at the hands of a government or a corporation or a society, can turn the most basic human needs into radical and radicalizing acts. . . . Profoundly affecting.”—The New York Times Book Review (cover review)

“Mbue reaches for the moon and . . . has it firmly held in her hands.”NPR

“What a stunningly beautiful writer Mbue is, and how lucky we are to have her stories in the world.”
—USA Today

 “It’s a heartbreaking and relevant story that seeps into your bones, quickly engulfs you and doesn’t let go.”—The Seattle Times

“Superb.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Tragic, wrenching . . . The people of Kosawa sear themselves into your consciousness.”—The Boston Globe

“Imbolo Mbue crafts an aching narrative about greed, community and perseverance.”—Time (best books of March 2021) 

“Mbue’s remarkable storytelling makes this book shine.”Ms.

This epic and empathetic saga shines a truthful albeit unflattering light on globalization.”Shelf Awareness

“Insightful, heart-stirring”The Philadelphia Inquirer
  
“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

“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 (most anticipated books of 2021)
 
“Imbolo Mbue’s revelatory novel of a fictional African village ruined by Big Oil is a mighty addition to the stacks.”Elle (most anticipated books of 2021)
 
“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. One can both grieve for Kosawa and be inspired by its determined fight for life.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
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.’ It is a masterful novel by a spellbinding writer engaged with the most urgent questions of our day.”—David Ebershoff, bestselling author of The Danish Girl

“Imbolo Mbue has given us a novel 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

“Imbolo Mbue is a storyteller of astonishing gifts. How Beautiful We Were reminds me of how interconnected we remain, no matter who or where we are.”—Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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