• What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

  • Stories
  • By: Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (316 ratings)

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

By: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
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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

Critic reviews

“Strange and wonderful…a witty, oblique and mischievous storyteller, Arimah can compress a family history into a few pages and invent utopian parables, magical tales and nightmare scenarios while moving deftly between comic distancing and insightful psychological realism…her science fiction parables, with their ecological and feminist concerns, recall those of Margaret Atwood. But it would be wrong not to hail Arimah’s exhilarating originality: She is conducting adventures in narrative on her own terms, keeping her streak of light, that bright ember, burning fiercely, undimmed.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[A] remarkable debut collection…. Of all of Arimah's considerable skills, this might be her greatest: She crafts stories that reward rereading, not because they're unclear or confusing, but because it's so tempting to revisit each exquisite sentence, each uniquely beautiful description…electrifying [and] defiantly original.” (NPR)

"Stunning." (O, the Oprah Magazine)