Zimbabwean author, NoViolet Bulawayo, makes the Man Booker Shortlist 2013

we_need_new_namesNoViolet Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean author, has made it to the Man Booker Shortlist 2013 with her debut novel, We Need New Names.  John Freeman writes in the Seattle Times, that We Need New Names is “an anguished and angry tale of the African Diaspora. The question it asks is not why things fall apart in modern Africa, but what are the costs of fleeing when it does.” We Need New Names tells the story of Darling and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard, growing up in a shanty called Paradise.They all dream of escaping this Paradise. When Darling is finally able to escape to America, she finds it is not quite the land of abundance as she’d dreamed.

NoViolet Bulawayo is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in California.

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