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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
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‘What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky’ is a wondrous collection of short stories, which take place mostly in Nigeria or Africa. The stories stunned me by their cleverness, symbolic insight and strong emotion. Yet, the writing itself is simple and direct. Lesley Nneka Arimah, the author, has a terrific talent for symbolic expression. Male readers may feel these stories are focused on a female point of view. Yes, they are. But the human universals of being poor, or being mad, of family, of failure and of using myth as a palliative or illustration are beyond gender.

The stories in this collection are:

The Future Looks Good - shocking.

War Stories - a father tries to connect to and correct his young daughter, but both become lost in contemplating the application of violence.

Wild - A visiting American-Nigerian teen and her cousin, a Nigerian teen, unexpectedly find the common ground for coming-of-age teenagers in parental and social boundaries.

Light - a Nigerian father wants his happy unfiltered pre-teen daughter to stay unfiltered, but his wife in America, getting a business degree, knows eleven-year-olds must learn self-control and boundaries.

Second Chances - mom returns by stepping out of a photo.

Windfall - a mother feels her child is just an inanimate prop on the stage of mom’s life.

Who Will Greet You at Home - a powerful symbolic story about motherhood, where the best supportive entitlements are awarded because of high levels of wealth, but where being a mother is undermined by desperation and lack of social opportunities. *favorite*

Buchi’s Girls - the impossibility of motherhood when mothers are in impoverished servitude.

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - a drowning flood of grief after the math equation of unifying everything in the Universe is discovered, and the failure of creating a lightness of being free of gravity.

Glory - the poison of resentment.

What is a Volcano - it is a god’s (view spoiler)

Redemption - “Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction till the flames die out.”

Highly recommend.
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Reading Progress

November 26, 2017 – Started Reading
November 26, 2017 – Shelved
November 26, 2017 –
page 23
9.91% "Wow. Amazing short stories."
November 28, 2017 – Shelved as: friendships-and-family-life
November 28, 2017 – Shelved as: literary
November 28, 2017 – Shelved as: magical-drama
November 28, 2017 – Shelved as: short-stories
November 28, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Elyse Walters I don’t think anyone could write a better review of this book!!!! ‘Stunned’ is a great adjective you used .
I listened to the audiobook— and by the end I didn’t know where to even start in writing a review— your review is wonderful... and you’ve triggered my memories too ... thank you 💕


aPriL does feral sometimes Thank you, Elyse. I want to get the audiobook as well!


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