NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur Books)
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Born and raised in Zimbabwe, NoViolet Bulawayo earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship, and is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her stories have won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and were shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi Award. Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times, described We Need New Names as a “deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel.” Writing in the The Guardian, where the novel was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award, Bulawayo describes the new global reality that inspired the story:

“We are living at a time when the world is becoming smaller—throw a stone in a crowded place and you will hit a couple of people who come from somewhere, who are removed from their homelands for one reason or another. I wanted the novel to mirror this reality . . .”