May Signed First Edition Club author Anthony Marra speaks with June Signed First Edition Club author NoViolet Bulawayo.
Bulawayo's debut novel, We Need New Names ($24.99) is set in Zimbabwe, where ten year-old Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of "before." 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.
Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, and the Narrative Prize, and his work was anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena ($26.00) is his first novel.