Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah



Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not.

Her work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. She currently lives in Minneapolis.

Forthcoming from Riverhead Books: WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY (story collection; April 2017) and THE CHILDREN OF BONES (novel; yeah, about that…)




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Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.

In “Who Will Greet You at Home,” a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild,” a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In “The Future Looks Good,” three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in “Light,” a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to “fix the equation of a person” – with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.

Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.


“Glory”, Harper’s Magazine, March 2016

Who Will Greet You at Home“, The New Yorker, October 26th, 2015

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky“, Catapult, September 2015

“Buchi’s Girls”, Five Points, Vol. 16, No. 3

Light“, GRANTA Online, April 2015 (Winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa)

Windfalls“, Per Contra, Issue 35.

Second Chances“, The Toast, February 2015.

“War Stories”, Mid-American Review, XXXIV, No. 2

The Future Looks Good, PANK, January 2014 (Anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2015)


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