What It Means When A Man Falls From the SkyBook - 2017
WINNER OF THE 2017 KIRKUS PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE LEONARD PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE NYPL'S YOUNG LION'S FICTION AWARD
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR , Southern Living , Electric Literature , The Root , The Guardian, Bustle, Thrillist, and Publisher's Weekly
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.
From Library Staff
LPL_KimberlyL Nov 19, 2017
Lesley Nneka Arimah's stories and characters are magical, but somehow as familiar as an old friend. There are stories of babies made out of human hair, futures where emotions are merely mathematical formulas, and so much more. A phenomenal debut!
LPL_KateG Apr 07, 2017
These short stories are fantastic (sometimes literally!) Recommended for fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's emotional character development, and Helen Oyeyemi's magical/mystical story premises.