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Comments Lesley Nneka Arimah
2017 O. Henry Award-winning Author

I didn't tell anyone (apart from my agent) for weeks as I was afraid to jinx it. I can be superstitious like that at times, waiting until I know something can't be undone before I tell even close friends. I suspect I'll inform my father of his first grandchild when she is five.

(author photo © Emily Baxter)

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The short story is my favorite form to write. Even when the piece I'm working on is frustrating, it feels comfortable and I like I know what I'm doing, even when that might not be the case. It's finite and manageable in a way that differs from novel-writing.

Writer's Desk

I am currently waist-deep in novel revisions and the waters are rising.

About the Author

Born in London in 1983, Lesley Nneka Arimah grew up in Nigeria before moving to the States in the mid-90's. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, GRANTA Online, Catapult, and other publications. Stories from her forthcoming collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, have received awards from Commonwealth Writers, the Caine Prize, The Jerome Foundation, and others.

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