Review: We Need New Names

We Need New Names
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like reading two books in one. The first part is the story of ten-year-old Darling and her friends – children who survive and play in the shantytowns of Zimbabwe. The second part is Darling’s story of attempting to assimilate (and stay, despite being there illegally) in the U.S. It felt a little more like a series of short stories, occasionally with too much crammed into them, to me than one cohesive narrative, but I liked Darling’s “voice” very much.
-Mrs. P.

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