Sometimes one book per country isn’t enough. Now that I’m on the lookout for international authors, their books jump out at me and I can’t refuse them even if I’ve already covered their territory. I’ve sneaked these books in between my “official” reading. I thought I’d share them with you.
We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo
Published in 2013 by Reagan Author Books
Summary: Darling and her close-knit band of friends roam the streets of their Zimbabwe shantytown with undaunted curiosity. First-hand witnesses to political violence and the ravages of AIDS, none of them are surprised when Darling’s mother sends her to live with her aunt in America (ironically, in a dangerous Detroit slum). America both exceeds and foils her expectations, and Darling learns that material comfort and political stability come at the expense of social isolation.
Time Period: Contemporary
Setting: Paradise, a shantytown in Zimbabwe; “Destroyedmichigan;” Kalamazoo, Michigan
Notes: Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe. This is her first novel.