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 68%
reflective 51%
dark 48%
informative 27%
tense 26%
inspiring 7%
adventurous 6%
hopeful 5%
funny 1%
mysterious 1%

Pace

slow 58%
medium 41%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 56% | Character: 24% | Plot: 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 47% | It's complicated: 44% | No: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 91% | No: 4% | It's complicated: 1% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 35% | Yes: 35% | It's complicated: 28%

Average rating

4.02