We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The beginning of the novel takes place in a poorly constructed slum in Zimbabwe where Darling and her friends create games, steal guavas and see the grim reality surrounding them through innocent eyes. As Darling becomes a teenager her aunt sends for her and she travels to Destroyed (read: Detroit) Michigan. This is where the story became bleak for me. As bad as things were in her country her life in Michigan and the menial jobs this smart woman is forced into because of lack of education and proper papers was depressing. An eye-opening book of a country and those forced to leave.