How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

How Beautiful We Were

Imbolo Mbue

fiction literary challenging reflective sad medium-paced

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 79%
emotional 69%
challenging 66%
reflective 56%
dark 49%
informative 27%
tense 25%
inspiring 7%
adventurous 5%
hopeful 5%
funny 0%
mysterious 0%

Pace

slow 53%
medium 46%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 53% | Plot: 23% | Character: 22%

Strong character development?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 8%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 48% | It's complicated: 43% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 4% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 42% | Yes: 30% | It's complicated: 26%

Average rating

3.98