Nominated by:

Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Alfred A. Knopf, USA

Published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton

All Our Names

Dinaw Mengestu    

2016 Longlist

A sweeping, continent-spanning story about the love between men and women, between friends, and between citizens and their countries, All Our Names is a transfixing exploration of the relationships that define us. Fleeing war-torn Uganda for the American Midwest, Isaac begins a passionate affair with the social worker assigned to him. But the couple’s bond is inescapably darkened by the secrets of Isaac’s past: the country and the conflict he left behind and the beloved friend who changed the course of his life—and sacrificed everything to ensure his freedom. Here is a love story for our time.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Dinaw Mengestu is the award-winning author of two previous novels, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in fiction and the recipient of a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and a 20 Under 40 award from The New Yorker. His journalism and fiction have appeared in such publications as Harper’s Magazine, Granta, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Foundation genius grant and currently lives in New York City.

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