Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah published her first story collection, "What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky," in April, and the accolades have pretty much not stopped since. The book, which was published by Riverhead, has been widely praised. Her story, "Glory," won an O. Henry prize in May, and now the full collection has been longlisted for a Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize.
(A Graywolf Press book, "The Impossible Fairy Tale," by Han Yujoo, is also on the list.)
Arimah, who graduated from the Minnesota State University-Mankato with an MFA, will teach this fall at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and on Sept. 14 will speak as part of the U's annual fall writers series.
Here is the longlist for the Brooklyn Literary Prize, with links to reviews, when available. The shortlist will be announced in September, with the winners announced in October.
Hostage by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)
In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi (Picador)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday)
Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics by Kim Phillips-Fein (Metropolitan Books)
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (Plume)
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein(Liveright Publishing)
Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman(Arsenal Pulp Press)
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead Books)
Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books)
The Lesser Bohemians: A Novel by Eimear McBride (Hogarth)
IRL by Tommy Pico (Birds, LLC)
Black Wave by Michelle Tea (Feminist Press)
Reputations: A Novel by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Riverhead Books, translated by Anne McLean)
The Book of Joan: A Novel by Lidia Yuknavitch (Harper)
The Impossible Fairy Tale by Han Yujoo (Graywolf Press, trans. by Janet Hong)