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What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
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bookshelves: reviewed-shiny-new-books, short-stories, magic-realism, postcolonial, dystopian, second-person

Most of these dozen stories are set in a recognizable Nigeria, with past events like the Biafran War contrasting with real and imagined future scenarios. The protagonists are generally young women poised on the brink of wildness and trying to decide between what’s sensible and what they really want from life. Three of the stories employ magic realism to infuse everyday situations with novel possibilities. There are such wonderful, natural turns of phrase throughout that the narratives rollick along. Medical and food-related metaphors are particularly common. The tone is nicely balanced between playful and melancholy, and the variety in narration and setup keeps things interesting, such that you’ll likely sit down and read several stories at a time. I’d particularly recommend this to fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Kei Miller. I’ll be looking out eagerly for Arimah’s next book, whether it’s a novel or more short stories.

See my full review at Shiny New Books.
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Reading Progress

May 2, 2017 – Shelved
May 2, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
July 2, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed-shiny-new-books
July 2, 2017 – Shelved as: short-stories
July 20, 2017 – Started Reading
July 27, 2017 – Shelved as: magic-realism
July 27, 2017 – Shelved as: postcolonial
July 28, 2017 – Shelved as: dystopian
July 28, 2017 – Shelved as: second-person
July 28, 2017 – Finished Reading

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