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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (edition 2018)

by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Author)

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Title:What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories
Authors:Lesley Nneka Arimah (Author)
Info:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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A collection of 12 short stories with a pretty wide breadth of premises, and a common thread of having an edge to them. My favorite was the title story, ‘What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky’, a futuristic tale in which amidst global catastrophe, a mathematical discovery has led to overcoming gravity and the ability of people with a certain skill to absorb other people’s grief, to ‘fix their equations’. Another fine one is ‘Buchi’s Girls,’ about a woman and her two girls forced to live with her affluent sister and brother-in-law because of their economic condition after her husband dies. I’d put ‘Glory’ near the top too; it’s about a woman who always seems to do and say the wrong things and instead of living up to her potential. She’s working in a customer service call center when she meets a young man interning who seems to be the opposite, leading a charmed life. There are no clunkers, and of the rest, ‘The Future Looks Good’, ‘War Stories’, ‘Who Will Greet You at Home’, and ‘Redemption’ stood out.

Arimah gives a different perspective because many of the stories are either set in Nigeria or involve Nigerian immigrants or folklore, but more importantly, she writes with insight into people struggling with pain. She has an interesting way of blending direct realism that doesn’t pull any punches in describing violence and pathos, with occasional fantasy elements. Would love to see a full novel from her. ( )
1 vote gbill | Mar 10, 2019 |
Some of these stories are much more successful than others, but the ones that really work are amazing. The magical realism here is so well done. It's the stories that don't use so much of that that fall flat for me. ( )
1 vote Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
New author to me. Loved this collection tho a few stories I didn't quite understand. Beautiful writing, original stories. Unique.
  wynde | Dec 7, 2018 |
This is a wonderful, thought provoking collection with many different genres represented. It's my favorite collection of short stories that I have read this year.

Two of the best which I am stil thinking about months after reading them:

'What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky' – a future society where mankinds' troubles have been assuaged – people will even professionally bear your emotional burdens. But then it starts to go wrong.

'Who Will Greet You at Home” - This is based on an African tale that I felt was similar to 'The Snow Child' – wanting a child so much that an inanimate object comes alive. But this one was quite darker than the Nordic version.

Read these and enjoy. Your knowledge of Nigeria (although some of the stories also take place in the US) and human nature will both be the better for it ( )
  streamsong | Nov 28, 2018 |
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 or unavailable parents. Some of the stories could have been more developed, but this is well worth the read overall. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
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One of the pleasures of reading Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut collection is the feeling of being thrown off balance: not knowing where this playful and adventurous new talent will take you next. The 12 stories that make up What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky are set in Nigeria and the US, sometimes moving between the two (the author was born in the UK, has lived in Nigeria and is now based in the States). Arimah’s focus is on the lives of girls and women, and while her perspective is often bleak, the collection is bracing and varied.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0735211027, Hardcover)

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.

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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, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"--… (more)

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