We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo

Darling, Bastard, Chipo, and their friends are the focus of NoViolet Bulawayo’s novel, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur, $25). They spend their days in Paradise, a shantytown in Zimbabwe where people whose homes have been bulldozed by the government end up. Darling is just old enough to remember “before,” when things were normal—when her family had a TV and she didn’t have to steal guavas. The children are curious, bemused witnesses to a world gone mad, where even the adults have no real control or understanding of their circumstances and everyone is filled with an impotent rage. Eventually, we follow Darling to her aunt’s home in “Destroyed” (Detroit), Michigan, where she adapts, too easily in some ways and with great difficulty in others, to a place that will never really be home, and learns that abandoning one, however full of violence and despair it is, brings its own sense of loss.

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ISBN: 9780316230841
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 20th, 2014