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Maaza Mengiste


Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, she was named "New Literary Idol" by New York Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Ninth Letter, and 42opus.

Genres: Mystery
   Beneath the Lion's Gaze (2010)
   The Shadow King (2019)
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Maaza Mengiste recommends
My Friends (2024)
Hisham Matar
"It is impossible to describe the profound depth and beauty of this book. My Friends is a breathtaking novel, every page a miracle and an affirmation. If there is a language of exile, My Friends is what it sounds like: exquisite and painful, compassionate and unflinching, and, above all, overwhelming in its boundless hope that within exile rests a path toward a different kind of return - one that leads us back to ourselves. Hisham Matar is one of our greatest writers. How lucky we are to be in his midst."
Above the Salt (2023)
Katherine Vaz
"Katherine Vaz offers us a story of discovery, loss, and the fragile but unwavering bonds of love that endure despite it all. This epic saga confirms her as one of our best writers."
Beyond the Door of No Return (2023)
David Diop
"Stunningly realized and written in exquisite prose, Beyond the Door of No Return is a love story, an adventure tale, and an unflinching examination of the unexpected ways that colonialism and greed ravaged everyone it touched, European and African. It is above all else, a spellbinding novel about the high price of betrayal-of others, and oneself."

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Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2020) : The Shadow King

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