We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violentworld.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 298 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.7 out of 5
  • Published May 21st 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books
  • Original Title: We Need New Names
  • ISBN: 0316230812 (ISBN13: 9780316230810)
  • Edition Language: English
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  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2013)
  • Guardian First Book Award Nominee (2013)
  • PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award (2014)
  • Internationaler Literaturpreis – Haus der Kulturen der Welt Nominee (2015)
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee for Fiction (2014) ...more Betty Trask Award (2014)...less

An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America’s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.