Four months ago, we celebrated the brilliant Nigerian writer, Lesley Nneka Arimah, who made the coveted 'O. Henry Prize Stories' list for her short story, Glory; as well as the shortlist for the 2017 Caine Prize for African writing.
She continues her breakout year by becoming the first Nigerian writer – and the fourth African – to make the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' list, on the strength of her debut short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky.
Arimah's What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is set in the US and Nigeria and explores the "ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home"
For the last 12 years, the National Book Foundation has selected five debut fiction writers under the age of 35, who they believe created work that will leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape – and Lesley definitely fits the bill.
About being included in the list, Lesley said:
"It does feel as though more of us are being given our literary kudos, which is always a good thing.
I think one of the things awards do is they direct attention to works and so I think it’s important who gets acknowledged, the idea of institutional acceptance because it means more eyes are on the work."