Friday Feature: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

NoVioletWe Need New Names, nominated for the prestigious Man Booker prize this year, tells the story of Darling and her friends Stina, Chipo, Godknows, Sbho and Bastard.

They all used to have proper houses, with real rooms and furniture, but now they all live in a shanty town called Paradise. They dream of escaping to other paradises – America, Dubai, Europe. But if they do escape, will these new lands bring everything they wish for?

It is often difficult to maintain empathy for our clients when they just won’t listen to our advice.  This book articulates the frustration of trying to achieve your dream when you are doing a hard job you don’t enjoy while struggling to find your way when you can’t go home and don’t feel at home where you are.

This is the first time I’ve included a work of fiction  as a Friday Feature.  It’s been a long time since I found anything I’ve read as relevant for our work.

(Every Friday we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

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