How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

How Beautiful We Were

Imbolo Mbue

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565 pages | first published 2020

Description

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. "A novel with the richness and power of a great contempor...
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Moods

sad 80%
challenging 76%
emotional 76%
reflective 54%
dark 48%
tense 34%
informative 32%
inspiring 10%
adventurous 8%
hopeful 6%
funny 2%

Pace

slow 64%
medium 35%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 48% | Character: 32% | Plot: 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 52% | It's complicated: 39% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 94% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 43% | No: 32% | It's complicated: 24%

Average rating

4.1