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We Need New Names

From the twice Booker-shortlisted author of GLORY

NoViolet Bulawayo author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:14th Oct '21

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'There are times, though, that no matter how much food I eat, I find the food does nothing for me, like I am hungry for my country and nothing is going to fix that'

This is the story of Darling, uprooted from her family home by paramilitary police, and living in a Zimbabwean shanty called Paradise. Despite the turmoil, she revels in mischief and adventures with her friends, like stealing guavas from the rich neighbourhood, and singing Lady Gaga at the top of her voice.

But when Darling has a chance to forge a different life in America, she realises that this new paradise brings its own set of challenges. In We Need New Names a spirited girl grows into a powerful observer of global identity.

Meet ten of literature's most iconic heroines, jacketed in bold portraits by female photographers from around the world.

We Need New Names is a "before" and "after" kind of novel, the kind that marks a new beginning, a new shift in the African literary tradition . . . To me, it is a complete novel in terms of aesthetics and politics -- Mukoma Wa Ngugi * The Rise of the African Novel *

  • Winner of Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014 (UK)
  • Winner of PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction 2014 (UK)
  • Winner of Society of Authors Awards: Trask Award 2014 (UK)
  • Winner of 2014 Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Legacy Award 2014 (UK)
  • Runner-up for Barnes and Noble Discover Award for Fiction 2014 (UK)

ISBN: 9781784877507

Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 18mm

Weight: 213g

304 pages