We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names via Love at First BookWe Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo is a collection of short stories or essays in sequential order that make up a novel. The stories are gritty and honest, about an African girl named Darling, who is struggling with her culture and ready to go to America.

I loved this novel. It kind of reminded me of my favorite collection of short stories, Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan, which contains stories of struggling African children in some questionable situations.

Plus, who can resist a book by an author whose name is NoViolet???

Read anything gritty lately?


Interested in getting your own copy? Check it out on Amazon & Indiebound. I get a small percentage if you purchase from those links, and it doesn’t cost you any extra.



26 thoughts on “We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

  1. I haven’t read this one but since the short stories are kind of connected I’m more willing to pick it up. I enjoy short story books with a common theme or connection much more than just independent stories. I have been eyeing this one for a while, so thanks for the push!


  2. I do love a good, gritty short story collection that adds up to a novel. Dirty Love is kind of similar. This one wasn’t even on my radar, I’m going to have to change that – because I can’t resist a name like NoViolet.


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