We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo

About the book

Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn’t all bad, though. There’s mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices. They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges – for her and also for those she’s left behind,

 

Reviewed by Basingstoke Tuesday Afternoons

An excellent read, very vivid characters and descriptions. Interesting to view politics and corruption leading to terrible living conditions and instability through the eyes of children, the problems of moving to another country and fitting in

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