This character is the narrator and protagonist of We Need New Names. When the novel begins, she is ten years old and living in a shantytown called Paradise in Zimbabwe. At the end of the novel, she lives in Michigan, in the United States.
This character is the protagonist's aunt who has immigrated to the United States. She lives in Michigan with her husband and son.
Mother of Bones
This character is the protagonist's paternal grandmother. She is very religious and attends regular church services held atop Fambeki Mountain.
This character is a friend of the protagonist's. When the novel begins, she is about 11 years old and she is pregnant with her grandfather's child.
This character is a ten-year-old boy living in Paradise when the novel begins. He ends up going to live with his uncle in Dubai.
This character is a friend of...
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