What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
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Arimah, who lives in Minneapolis, is a skillful storyteller who can render entire relationships with just a few lines of dialogue.
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Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by BuzzfeedTime Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the MillionsNylon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Electric Literature

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.
 

About Lesley Nneka Arimah

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Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and moved from Nigeria to the US in her teens. Her work has received numerous grants and awards, including the 2015 African Commonwealth Prize. She lives in Minneapolis.
Author Residence: Minneapolis, MN Author Image 1
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Riverhead Books. 240 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Apr 05 2017

...form a book united not only by theme and by setting (the stories mostly take place in Nigeria and the U.S.), but by Arimah's electrifying, defiantly original writing. It's a truly wonderful debut by a young author who seems certain to have a very bright literary future ahead of her.

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Reviewed by Jackie Thomas Kennedy on Apr 01 2017

Arimah, who lives in Minneapolis, is a skillful storyteller who can render entire relationships with just a few lines of dialogue.

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Reviewed by KJ Orr on Sep 02 2017

...skilled at stopping time, and allowing the reader, along with her characters, to dwell: offering the consolation that can come with getting lost in a moment, and paying attention to something or someone as vivid...

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