“We Need New Names is only my first novel so this is such a huge deal, downright humbling stuff that I wasn’t expecting hence my shock when I first heard – I didn’t even know my book had been entered. I’m still a little dizzy from it, but I’ve been processing the news and it has sunk in. I’m also especially pleased by the support of the Zimbabwean community and I’m glad it feels like a national event, which is what books should be. Looking ahead, I’m crossing my fingers of course, but just being longlisted is already such an honour.” Via Books Live
NoViolet is the only African on the Booker Prize longlist. We are all sending good vibes her way and hoping her novel moves on to the next stage.