Bulawayo’s style is impressive. She manages to capture Zimbabwe and the United States through the eyes of Darling, a 10 year old girl. Bulawayo’s words paint a clear yet lyrical message of life in Zimbabwe, a country in turmoil for decades under autocratic rule. We follow Darling as she assimilates to life in the United Sates – a country so strange to Darling in every way. Searching for her identity far away from home, there is an air of sadness as well an endearing quality, as Darling navigates her way through her new home while yearning for her homeland, family and friends. We Need New Names is a powerful and unforgettable story.
Published May 21st 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2013)