Lesley Nneka Arimah

Who Will Greet You at Home | Lesley Nneka Arimah | Literary Roadhouse Ep 120

Discussion Notes: Who Will Greet You at Home

Find this week’s story here: Who Will Greet You at Home by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Next week’s story: And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende

Rated: Clean

The four Literary Roadhouse hosts discuss the Caine Prize for African Writing┬árunner up “Who Will Greet You at Home” by Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah. This story polarized our hosts sharply and along gender lines. On the ladies’ side, Maya and Anais had nothing by love and admiration for this sharp portrayal of motherhood, in particular the cycle of longing and shame. The boys weren’t moved by the theme, in large part because of magical realist elements that made the context feel alien. Our hosts debate whether or not gender plays a role in the understanding of this story. What do you think? We’re curious to know if men and women receive this story very differently.

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