(Tsholotsho District, 1981)
Zimbabwean writer established in the United States for the last eighteen years. She studied at the University of Cornell, where she did her master's in creative writing and at the University of Stanford, where she is currently a lecturer at the English Department. Her first novel, We need new names, was highly acclaimed in the English-speaking world, and was a runner-up for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, making her the first African woman to feature on its list. The novel is about a group of children in Zimbabwe at the height of that country’s political and economic crisis, and of the emigration of its main character to the USA, where she has to adapt to a radically different culture.