About the Book

We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

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 10 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 Zadie Smith to Monica Ali to J.M. Coetzee --- while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.

We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo

  • Publication Date: May 21, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
  • ISBN-10: 0316230812
  • ISBN-13: 9780316230810