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We Need New Names: A Novel
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We Need New Names: A Novel

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NoViolet Bulawayo (Author)

A remarkable literary debut — shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! 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.

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NoViolet Bulawayo (Author)

A remarkable literary debut — shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! 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.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    4 Stars

    I came across the first chapter of this book, which is titled ‘Hitting Budapest’, whilst reading the Caine African Prize for Writing 2011. Initially I thought the story odd, because I was only reading one chapter of the whole book and I was completely lost. But I later discovered this book and now everything adds up.
    I must say, I really enjoyed this book. The names of the characters, style of writing, the titles of the chapters and everything in general was brilliant. Chapter 16, ‘How they lived’, in my opinion was so raw and almost accurately depicted the average immigrant in diaspora.
    The only problem I had was that I felt Bulawayo (the author) cramped too many events in just one book. There were so many events happening in just one book, and quite a lot of characters. Often times I had to pause while reading to try to recall, who a particular character was.
    I also didn’t quite like how the book was concluded. I wanted to know what became of Darling and her counterparts.
    Check out my blog for other reviews https://thebibliophilesemissary.blogspot.com.ng/

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