Looking for a new book to read?
Then check out “We Need New Names,” penned by Zimbabwean novelist NoViolet Bulawayo, who has won the 2014 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction.
“New Names” tells the tale of 10-year-old Darling, who leaves Zimbabwe for the States where she must cope with acclimating to a new life in Detroit with her Aunt Fostalina. Coming from political upheaval and misfortune, Darling is initially astonished by variety and a wealth of choices. But she quickly adjusts to her new life only to ultimately feel uprooted and alienated.
Bulawayo will receive $10,000, a one-week writing residency at the University of Idaho’s MFA program in creative writing, and a Ucross Residency Fellowship in Wyoming.
The debut novelist previously won the Etisalat Prize for Literature – the “first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books” – for “New Names.” Bulawayo received £15,000 and a fellowship to the University of East Anglia.
Congratulations NoViolet Bulawayo!