Man Booker Prize Awardees for Fiction


We Need New Names (2013)

Written by NoViolet Bulawayo

A remarkable literary debut—shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.

Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.

But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

NoViolet Bulawayo's debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her—from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee—while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own. (Copyright © Little, Brown and Company/Hachette. All rights reserved.)

Source:  Hachette Book Group.

NoViolet is the author of We Need New Names (2013) and shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. 

Her stories have won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and shortlisted for the J.M. Coetzee - judged 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award. 

NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, and most recently, a lecturer of English. She is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

NoViolet was born and raised in Zimbabwe.


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