Without a doubt, the strongest part of We Need New Names is the first half, when Darling is in Zimbabwe, narrating as a child with no political agenda or self-conscious hang-ups. Once Darling gets to the United States, the narrative weakens and at times is somewhat less interesting, if only for its familiarity (here, Chimanda Ngozi Adiche's Americanah shines). The novel, however, remains powerful, poetic and moving, and one cannot help but remain connected to the poignant story of Darling’s life. It's easy to connect to Darling's point of view, and her story of displacement both in Zimbabwe and America.
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