We Need New Names: A Novel by Noviolet BulawayoWe Need New Names: A Novel by Noviolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names: A Novel

byNoviolet Bulawayo

Paperback | May 20, 2014

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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.
NoViolet's story "Hitting Budapest," the opening chapter of the novel, won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. NoViolet's other work has been shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award, and has appeared inCallaloo,The Boston Review,Newsweek, andThe Warwick Review, as well as in anthologies in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the U...
Title:We Need New Names: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316230847

ISBN - 13:9780316230841


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It, & Read It Again read noviolet bulawayo’s “we need new names” in about a week. then reread it in a weekend. this book makes me grateful for good storytelling & reminds me that every journey is worth reflecting on. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Intense Very well written book. It is beautiful and intense as it is written in the voice of a child who sees many horrible things (but often naively does not understand what she is seeing). Would recommend to anyone who is interested in African authors, women authors or books from the point of view of a child. Sad, gritty and captivating.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh my Darling! A beautifully and sometimes brutally told story. It will sit in my mind and in my heart for the rest of my life, I'm sure. Can't wait to devour more from this author.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Darling Debut Actual rating 4.5 stars Totally engaging the whole way through. Moving without being too depressing. Humourous but also poignant. I want Darling to narrate every book I read from now on.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Voice I devoured this novel, this writer is an amazing new voice. I can not wait until I get to read more from this author!
Date published: 2013-04-04

Editorial Reviews

"A stunning debut... The hyper-imaginative and often surreal ways Bulawayo's narrator describes people, places, and experiences almost sound like things imagined in her sleep."-Flavorwire