We Need New Names (2013) by NoViolet Bulawayo (Fiction) A triumphant, hard, funny first novel that follows ten-year-old Zimbabwe native, Darling, as she escapes the closed schools and paramilitary police control of her homeland in search of opportunity and freedom with an aunt in America. This book may be found in the online catalog.
Americanah (2013) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fiction) A brutally honest, gripping novel about race in this country--and it's not precious or pretentious: a young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. This book may be found in the online catalog.
And the Mountains Echoed (2013) by Khaled Hosseini (Fiction) Before his third and most ambitious novel burgeons into an epic, Hosseini starts small. An impoverished Afghan laborer hands his 3-year-old daughter over to a wealthy couple in Kabul, ripping her away from her heartbroken brother. The consequences of this separation then radiate outward through a series of overlapping, perspective-shifting narratives that span six decades. This book may be found in the online catalog.