What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

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Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize
Winner of The NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize
Shortlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

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.

©2017 Lesley Nneka Arimah (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Very entertaining.

kept me entertained for miles and miles. The stories were wonderful. The narration was also wonderful.

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  • 07-02-18

Hard to follow as an audiobook

I think that this would be much easier to follow along with if it weren’t an audio book. There isn’t much delineation between chapters/stories. I’d like to read it as an actual book because the start and end of chapters would be more clear.

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Intense

Well written and really well read. For me the reoccurring theme of everyday villians and their victims who don't learn, some of which go on to become villians themselves, was a little trying by the end. On the other hand the mixing in of fantastical elements makes the stores feel unique and just a degree from our world in a very cool way

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Perfect performance, irritating organization

The stories and performance are perfection. What makes this audiobook irritating beyond belief is that the short stories are not separated into singular chapters, but rather run together as a singular narrative. I cannot bounce around easily to find my favorite tales from this collection.

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Outstanding Collection

Lesley Nneka Arimah crafts universes for her characters, and therefore for us. Her stories are like tapestries that envelope and warm you. I can't recommend this book enough. Interested folks should consider checking out Levar Burton's interview with her (as well as his read of her title story, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky) on his podcast Levar Burton Reads. In their interview, Lesley discusses her love for writing stories about strong female characters who exhibit tendencies and flaws that they must battle with and through. This book is a fabulous collection of such characters. 5 stars x 3

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mind blowing stories

What made the experience of listening to What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky the most enjoyable?

This stories bring me to places I've not been before--They explore r the lives of people of all kinds of backgrounds, Economic situations, countries , as well as super mathematicians in a dystopian future . Graceful, insightful , wonderful exploration of conflict and love

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Clever storylines, very human characters.

Kept my interest cover to cover, refreshingly real and familiar feeling characters and ,still an entirely original book that is written beautifully.

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The stories are captivating & leave you wondering

I haven't read a book like this before where so many times you are left wondering what happened. The stories were captivating and I want to know how does it end up. I suppose it is up to me...

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Amazing stories !!

I will definitely listen again. The stories explore the intersections of love and loss, grief and solace, choice and circumstance. If you're looking for a book with short stories that explore immigration, the effects of anti-Black racism, LGBTQ protagonists, magical realism, inter-generational relationships, fables, and class structures all through a lens of strong characters and deeply felt relationships, this is a must-read. Many thanks to Ms. Arimah for this beautiful collection. Many thanks to Levar Burton for introducing me to her stories.

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Brilliant, Vibrant and Inclusive

This was an amazing book, filled with stories from all different experiences. Each story holds a surprise that I was not expecting and I found it easy to get lost the protagonist’s world. These stories are short stories with full and well in-depth characters and with relatable issues. An amazing book over all!!!