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 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 novel calls
to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before
her—from Zadie Smith to Monica Ali to J. M. Coetzee—while she tells a vivid, raw
story all her own. Download and start listening now!