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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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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 |
A splendid collection of short stories, each one a well-polished gem. Powerful, often heartbreaking, sometimes funny, always engrossing. Arimah writes clean, carefully crafted sentences with no wasted words to distract from the images and emotions they convey. After finishing the book, I reread most of the stories--the clearest recommendation I can give. ( )
1 vote cmt100 | Aug 4, 2018 |
This is a terrific debut—inventive and varied in form but still cohesive, no doubt because Arimah's voice is really strong, but without the stories sounding at all alike. These are all dark but they're not ponderous, and she brings out elements of magic, myth, and sf in really inventive ways that won't make non-fans of those genres wince. I didn't, anyway, though I'm not quite a non-fan—but I am an easy wincer, and I thought Arimah pulled off the variety in this collection admirably. I'll definitely pick up whatever she comes out with next. ( )
2 vote lisapeet | Jan 19, 2018 |
Another terrific collection of stories. The young talent out there these days, is truly mind-boggling. The author is also fearless, as she experiments with historical fiction, magical realism, dystopia and plain old, grim reality. Many of the stories are based in Nigeria or have Nigerian characters. She also handles personal relationships quite deftly and poignantly. Arimah is an author to keep a very close eye on. ( )
1 vote msf59 | Jan 15, 2018 |
The first story in this book took my breath away like a sucker punch. A couple I related to all too well. From science fiction to folklore this collection was a bittersweet read. ( )
  0lddiva | Jan 9, 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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