NoViolet Bulawayo was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and now lives in the United States. She won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and her work has been published in numerous anthologies, Boston Review, Callalou, and Newsweek. She earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was recognized with a Truman Capote Fellowship. She is now a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.
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. NoViolet Bulawayo's debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her-from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M. Coetzee-while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.