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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky


A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.

In "Who Will Greet You at Home", a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, a woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild", a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions.

Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.

Title:What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:232 pages
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    What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky Reviews

  • Natalie
    Apr 11, 2017

    In these twelve powerful stories that embrace magical-realist elements while deploying a powerfully empathetic understanding of character and circumstance, Lesley Nneka Arimah explores how parents and...

  • Roxane
    Jan 06, 2017

    With her luminous debut collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Lesley NNeka Arimah marks her richly deserved place in contemporary fiction. At the center of each impeccably written s...

  • Richard Derus
    Jul 02, 2016

    Rating: 4* of five**THIS REVIEW IS OF THE CAINE PRIZE 2016 NOMINATED STORY OF THE SAME TITLE ONLY**A shortlisted story for this very prestigious prize in African literature, which is limited to short ...

  • Shawn Mooney
    Apr 23, 2017

    I am still waiting for somebody smarter than me to explain what's in the water in Nigeria, why it has so many amazing writers. Now that I've listened to this debut story collection on audio, the quest...

  • I Be Reading
    Jan 19, 2017

    I received an advanced copy of this book because Lesley and I follow each other on Twitter (where folks know I LOVE reading) and she asked if she could send me one to get my thoughts.Now that that's o...

  • Rachel Len
    May 04, 2017

    My expectations were very high for this short story collection and it didn't disappoint. Lesley Nneka Arimah is a writer I'll be watching and anxious to read again....

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    May 26, 2017

    Very good collection of short stories that take place in the US or various African countries. Common themes include the struggles faced by younger girls and many stories feature children with missing ...

  • Nakia
    May 24, 2017

    More like 4.5 stars. This collection of short stories is AMAZING. The first story went off like a firecracker out of the gate, and I was glued all the way thru until the end.Lesley’s stories are sim...

  • Ifeyinwa
    Jun 12, 2017

    As Nakia said, "the first story went off like a firecracker out the gate." And, this collection of short stories ended with a bang! In this book, no two short stories are like the other in terms of pl...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    May 23, 2017

    Now this is a short story collection! I read this on Roxane Gay's recommendation and am so grateful. The freshest, most exciting fiction is definitely coming from Nigerian writers. ...