We need New names
- ISBN: 9780099581888
- SKU: 2030301004351
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.
Darling and her friends spend their days stealing guavas, playing country games dreaming of faraway countries.This book navigates social issues like failed democracies, poverty, rape, religon, HIV and post-colonialism at the same time gives us nostalgic feelings for this dysfunctional society.The setting drastically shifts from the chaotic and colourful shanty of Paradise to the America she had always dreamed of.She finds out what America really is to African immagrants and then there is always this ache in her heart whenever she thinks of the home she left behind.
Reviewed by Chepkoech meto on 12 Aug 2019, 9:23 p.m.
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