Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

by

Imbolo Mbue

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A West African snack or breakfast of deep-fried dough, sometimes served with powdered sugar. Neni makes Mighty puff-puff for breakfast when she serves as his nanny in the Hamptons, and it becomes a food that he associates with her maternal love and care.
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Puff-Puff Term Timeline in Behold the Dreamers

The timeline below shows where the term Puff-Puff appears in Behold the Dreamers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24
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...and that maybe Mighty can go with her to Harlem where they can continue making puff-puff for breakfast. Mighty says it’d be “cool” to go to Harlem, then he remembers that... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...she opens the door, Mighty rushes in to hug her and asks if she’s made puff-puff, which she reminds him is a breakfast food. (full context)
Chapter 34
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...could come too. Jende shakes his head, but suggests that Neni could make Mighty some puff-puff and fried ripe plantains for him to eat going to and from school. When Jende... (full context)
Chapter 55
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...Neni suggests that he might like them more if they gave him fried plantains and puff-puff. Vince uses that as a segue to ask Neni if she’d like to be Mighty’s... (full context)