This week’s feature is NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names, which was just published by Reagan Arthur Books. Bulawayo’s stories have won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and were shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award, judged by J.M. Coetzee. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, she earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, and, most recently, a lecturer of English. Bulawayo is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
In the introduction to Rebecca Scherm’s review of We Need New Names, she writes:
NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names, opens in Paradise, the Zimbabwe shantytown where Darling and her mother have lived since their house was bulldozed by the government. Starting in 2005, the government program Operation Murambatsvina (“Clear out Rubbish”) destroyed entire neighborhoods in a few hours, leaving more than 300,000 people homeless. But Darling doesn’t know any of this, only that their house is gone. She’s just ten.
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Further Links and Resources:
- Read the rest of Scherm’s review of We Need New Names.
- For more on NoViolet Bulawayo and her work, please visit the author’s website.
- Read “Hitting Budapest,” the first chapter of We Need New Names, in the Boston Review.
- Hear Bulawayo read from We Need New Names in this video.
- Read an extract from We Need New Names and a brief interview with Bulawayo in Granta.
- Read the New York Times review of We Need New Names.