In her engaging debut novel, We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo introduces the reader to a young Zimbabwean girl growing up in a poor township named ‘Paradise’. Ten-year old, ‘Darling’ is a feisty and independent girl who is gifted with an astute sense of observation, an expressive voice and a good dose of humor. The novel is as much a touching coming of age story – first in Zimbabwe and later in Michigan, USA, as it is an engaging and reflective account on family and ‘home’, friendship and loss, and, finally on self-discovery.
NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names , has been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, joining 12 other books which will compete for one of the publishing world’s most prestigious awards. Bulawayo is one of three debut novelists whose books made the list – the others being Eve Harris and Donal Ryan.