We Need New Names

We Need New Names

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.
Published: [United States] : Dreamscape Media, LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781624066399
1624066399
Branch Call Number: HOOPLA DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 59 min.)) :,digital.

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Feb 18, 2017

It feels like cultural appropriation to offer any opinions n on this book, so little do I know of the struggles described here. This is one more point of entry for those looking for understanding and insight into the experiences of immigrants forced to either assimilate, or be singled out as 'illegals'. The first half set in Zimbabwe is a fresh look at a childhood where life seems simple and the answers are clear in the young character's mind. Life is. Ore complicated as an teenager living in Michigan, but so the teens all around. This book offers an examinations of culture and of growing up.

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