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, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"-- Provided by publisher.

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sloopie72
Aug 30, 2019

Really nice: I particularly liked the opening story, and the title story. Lots of variety: folk tale, spec-fic, magical realism, and plain old domestic drama. She plays with narrative form, techniques I admire.

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jul 29, 2019

2018: Short stories, most unique read in years, recc to BM Books in 2019 list. Liked. Outstanding writing.

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D103020101
Jul 08, 2019

A truly unique voice, a very exciting young author; Nigerian American. this is a book of short stories. Can't wait for more!

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peacebenow
Dec 21, 2018

Stories take place in Africa or people who have connections there. Disappointed w/ this book. I think she is a good skillful writer. The stories were depressing to me. Did pick up a bit after the middle but not enough so I'd recommend.

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Magicworld
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.

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becker
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.

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Pressroom
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.

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sandyc_9
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...

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booknrrd
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.

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