We Need New Names A Novel

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Publisher's Synopsis

Finalist for the Booker Prize: the "deeply felt and fiercely written" story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America (New York Times Book Review), from the author of Glory

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.

"Original, witty, and devastating." -People

Book information

ISBN: 9780316230841
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Imprint: Back Bay Books
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Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 272g
Height: 210mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 19mm