What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky

What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky

Book - 2017
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"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, [this book] heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735211025
Branch Call Number: FIC ARIMAH 2017
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

A great debut collection of stories built around life in Nigeria or Nigerian immigrants in the US. I really enjoyed reading and learning about a culture I wasn't familiar with. These fragments of (Nigerian) daily life focus on family and societal relationships, the gap between the rich and poor, the precarious and often powerless situation of women and children in certain circumstances. The pages of this small book are filled with hardship, grief, longing and potent emotions. Some stories are more experimental and delve into myth, magical realism and dystopia, which makes the collection more diverse and thought-provoking.
As whole, Arimah's debut is raw, unsettling at times, evocative and ultimately memorable.

Mar 13, 2018

This collection of stories was a total pleasure to read. The writing was polished and the stories were consistently excellent - some were outstanding. This author has some wonderful ideas and the imagination to craft those ideas into really well told stories that are immersive and thought provoking. I will definitely re-read this book at some point.

Feb 14, 2018

Anyone who values good writing should enjoy this collection of stories because all of them are completely relatable to the human experience. There is some exceptional writing in this book. As others have said, there are both funny and heartbreaking moments in the writing. One story had me holding back tears as I rode the bus to work!

But the author is a remarkable writer and I am astonished that this is her first collection of stories. I look forward to her working on longer works of writing. I would read anything she writes.

Jan 23, 2018

Beautiful, incredibly inventive both in terms of literary style and subject, but bitterly, bitterly sad. You can clearly see the lens the author sees life (see the Atlantic article about the book) and the stories stay with you...

Jan 21, 2018

A great collection of short stories by a Nigerian-British-American author. Stories explore mother-daughter relationship, husbands and wives, the immigrant experience, Nigeria, and more.

SPL_Liz Nov 14, 2017

This collection of stories is very well written; words distilled down to a potent kind of story telling that is full of flawed characters and hard lessons. She takes familiar and sometimes ugly elements of the human condition and weaves them together with the fantastical to create captivating narratives. Her stories are hard, or sharp, or salty, or blunt. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Sep 06, 2017

I first heard about Lesley Nneka Arimah's book of short stories, What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky on instagram and it was the book's title & Jamaica green front cover that compelled me to borrow it from the library. I enjoyed the majority of the stories in the book, especially Windfalls, What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, and Glory. I'd love to see Arimah turn When A Man Falls From The Sky the short story into a novel because I'd definitely read it!

Sep 03, 2017

These are really good stories about women and girls in Nigeria and the US. Each is good in a different way - startling, magic realism, changing perspectives, realistic.

Aug 23, 2017

Excellent read! Stories are engaging and writer draws you in from start to finish!

Jul 11, 2017

Not for the faint of heart, but definitely for fans of beautifully written prose and provocative stories.

In this dozen short stories, Arimah evokes people and places you will not soon forget. The first story is so startling, so breathtaking in its ending, I was left speechless, and immediately reread it.

Each story opens worlds and characters which has left me waiting for her next book with great anticipation.

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