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We Need New Names Lesson Plan

Introduction to We Need New Names

We Need New Names is NoViolet Bulawayo's first novel. It is an expansion of her Caine Prize-winning short story "Hitting Budapest," which is the title of the novel's first chapter. We Need New Names won the 2016 Hemingway Foundation/PEN award for debut fiction, the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Etisilat Prize for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. It also made the New York Times Notable Books of 2013 list. Despite this generous array of awards, the book received a mixed critical reception. The Christian Science Moniter, USA Today, and The Star Tribune found it to be a moving, detailed portrait of...

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