What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky A mathematician has discovered a formula that explains the universe and makes it possible to manipulate human bodies and emotions What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky is the title story of Lesl

  • Title: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
  • Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
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  • Page: 379
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  • A mathematician has discovered a formula that explains the universe and makes it possible to manipulate human bodies and emotions What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky is the title story of Lesley Nneka Arimah s collection from Riverhead Books.

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    1. "Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction till the flames die out.But my tongue stirred anyway."Of all the critically-acclaimed books I've been eager to read this year, I have to say What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky fell pretty low down on the list. The ratings haven't been great and, honestly, it didn't sound as exciting as, say, Her Body and Other Parties. But I enjoyed it a whole lot more.I can see why it might not appeal to everyone. Thes [...]

    2. This was a collection of short stories and at first I didn't quite catch on so I kept reading and I was like what the fuck is happening why do the characters keep changing. I really enjoyed all the stories in this collection though and that's quite rare. In fact I was kind of sad when the stories would end because I kept wanting to read more of all of them. I really really loved Who Will Greet You at Home, where a women creates a baby for herself from different materials but each child falls apa [...]

    3. With her luminous debut collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Lesley NNeka Arimah marks her richly deserved place in contemporary fiction. At the center of each impeccably written story, Arimah offers up a new kind of yearning--for love, for peace, for comfort, for home. Never have needful things been so gorgeously displayed.

    4. In these twelve powerful stories that embrace magical-realist elements while deploying a powerfully empathetic understanding of character and circumstance, Lesley Nneka Arimah explores how parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends, navigate conflicting cultures and struggle to reconcile conflicting desires, wants, and needs.“There was only so much a mother could ask a daughter to bear before that bond became bondage.”Going into to this I had no idea what to expect, but the [...]

    5. Library book- Overdrive- Audiobook. narrated by Adjoa Andoh I️ had no idea what to expect from this book when I️ - ‘took-a- chance’ and downloaded this ‘available now’ library book. I️ didn’t know it won a Kirkus Prize for fiction —I️ didn’t even know that it was ‘short stories’. The very first thing I️ notice was how Delightful - AWESOME - Adjoa Andoh’s voice was to listen to. At the very beginning- although LOVING THE NARRATOR’S VOICE.I️ was struggling followi [...]

    6. Rating: 4* of five**THIS REVIEW IS OF THE CAINE PRIZE 2016 NOMINATED STORY OF THE SAME TITLE ONLY**A shortlisted story for this very prestigious prize in African literature, which is limited to short fiction but has launched numerous of its sixteen previous recipients into the international literary stratoshphere, Arimah's story is post-apocalyptic climate change fiction set in a world where the entirety of North America and Europe are submerged, the remaining planet absorbing the white refugees [...]

    7. I couldn't sleep until I finished the whole collection. This book is just fantastic. And I loved reading it in one night. You know the feeling when you think you need to sleep and you close the book and something whispers 'Just one more?' in your mind? Exactly!The writing is gorgeous and the stories are lovely too. Lesley has the knack of shocking the reader at the end of her realistic stories and holding the reader in a trance at the end of the few magical realism stories. This is a straight 5 [...]

    8. I am still waiting for somebody smarter than me to explain what's in the water in Nigeria, why it has so many amazing writers. Now that I've listened to this debut story collection on audio, the question is that much more urgent. Arimah (born in the UK to Nigerian parents, grew up in Nigeria and elsewhere) writes beautifully about a variety of themes; a few stories didn't rise much above the level of anecdote, but most were just stunning.

    9. Another bookstagrammer, @bookisshhh, and I read this book of short stories together and shared our thoughts about the collection on her Instagram page. I am glad we chose to read it as our shared read because I would not have chosen it on my own. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut collection and contains a varied mix of stories that generally succeed splendidly and occasionally fall short. The title story is by far the outstanding tale in the collection; [...]

    10. I received an advanced copy of this book because Lesley and I follow each other on Twitter (where folks know I LOVE reading) and she asked if she could send me one to get my thoughts.Now that that's out of the way, SWEET BUTTERY JESUS I WASN'T READY. I am still in my feelings about what I read and it's been over 12 hours since I finished. Although I absolutely LIVED for the forays she made into futurism, it was her brilliant writing about everyday scenarios and relationships that knocked me out. [...]

    11. This was my third short story collection this year and I must say it has cemented me as a gushing fan of the genre. Spectacular, emotional, poignant, moving collection of stories about love, parenting, growing up, marriage, self-awareness, empathy and she stuck a little scifi in with the title story. Squeee!!! Some of it was gut wrenching. But every story seemed highly emotionally charged.(view spoiler)[The Future Looks Good - Powerful start. Arimah packs a lot of story into very little space. [...]

    12. 3.5 Short stories, especially from debut authors, seem to me like an opportunity for writers to pull on different shoes and walk around in them for a while. A low risk way to play with different genres and voices without the burden of committing to an entire novel. I can see Arimah doing that in this 12 story collection. There were stories that I thought had almost N.K.Jemisinesque fantasy elements. Particularly,What it means when a man falls from the skyandWhat is a Volcano . The former outlini [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 3.5 starsI wanted to love this book but struggled to get into it. This short story collection contains so many important things: strong and complex female characters, scenes of Nigerian family life both in Nigeria and in America, and innovative touches of magical realism. Lesley Nneka Arimah captures poignant moments throughout these stories, such as when a child's relationship with their overseas parent fades away, or when a woman from a difficult upbringing discerns that she wants more for her [...]

    15. Rating: 4.5* of fiveUPDATE 7 November 2017: This deserving collection has won a 2017 Kirkus Prize!This edition's review is coming on my blog, Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud, during Booksgiving! That's my book-gifting guide for the perplexed from 24 November to 24 December, if you're wondering.This title also appears in the semi-final round of the Choice Awards and I strongly encourage you to vote it through to the next round! Please? Pretty please with real, delicious sugar on top?

    16. !!! africanbookaddict/2017/12 4.5 stars. This collection of stories is out of this world - literally! I really loved Arimah’s wild imagination and the finesse with which she created worlds I never knew could exist. This collection embodies how a short story collection should be: ORIGINAL, unpredictable, startling and out-of-the-box.

    17. More like 4.5 stars. This collection of short stories is AMAZING. The first story went off like a firecracker out of the gate, and I was glued all the way thru until the end.Lesley’s stories are simple, but also brilliant, deep, magical, and a whole lot of other good and great stuff. She gives small glimpses into Nigerian and Nigerian immigrant life, placing the ordinary in extraordinary circumstances. I loved this collection mostly because the stories are witty, and many of them have complica [...]

    18. As Nakia said, "the first story went off like a firecracker out the gate." And, this collection of short stories ended with a bang! In this book, no two short stories are like the other in terms of plot, pace or tone. This collection is not only a testament of Lesley's writing prowess but a display of her ingenuity. Also, Lesley's writing pulled me all the way in! It said, "Girl, lean in. No, a little closer. Closer." Her words sucked me right in & made me feel everything that her characters [...]

    19. My expectations were very high for this short story collection and it didn't disappoint. Lesley Nneka Arimah is a writer I'll be watching and anxious to read again.

    20. ‘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, [...]

    21. 4.5*.I've given myself a couple of days to digest this, and I can without doubt say that this one of the best short story collections I've read in a long time. I'm not going to bother reviewing it because I'm still ill and, well, other people have accurately summed up what I thought about it already, but this is a powerful - and often moving - collection of stories, with no weak spots. (Just a couple of stories that are less mind-blowing, but still superb.)A must read.

    22. Very good collection of short stories that take place in the US or various African countries. Common themes include the struggles faced by younger girls and many stories feature children with missing or unavailable parents. Some of the stories could have been more developed, but this is well worth the read overall.

    23. This short story collection is masterful! This is probably my favourite fiction debut of 2017. The author's sheer wit and charm shines through in every story. Although most of the stories are speculative fiction and within magical realism genre, each story is very much relatable and you fall very deep into the story. The stories are haunting and intriguing. I have thought about these stories days after reading them. I, especially, love how each story is about a girl or a woman navigating their w [...]

    24. Each of Arimah's stories are a dramatic shift in style and tone: some family drama, some magical realism, and some futurist elements. It was such a unique and beautiful collection, and I am excited to see what this author does next.

    25. My first short story collection of this year and I loved it.Lesley Nneka Arimah has woven twelve fantastic stories interlaced with fantasy , magical realism and science fiction and all twelve stories are patterned around the female entity in it's various forms (women,adolescent girls ,teenage girls , tiny girls ,baby girls).The stories are set in both Nigeria and the US and every story is rooted with human loss, need and longing. This is a sad book if we look at it from one perspective , but it' [...]

    26. Wonderful collection of shorts set across the US and Nigeria. Elements of magical realism in some of the stories worked surprisingly well (I'm not always on board) and gorgeous writing.

    27. I’ve been trying to get my hands on Lesley Nneka Arimah’s debut collection since last year, so this is long overdue! Short story collections are probably my favorite works to read, and this one had rave reviews from nearly everyone I know. It has been an upward battle trying to find this book, which seemed to be out of stock at every bookstore I visited, both here in Philly and back home. I’m incredibly happy that Kramerbooks in DC was finally able to get the job done, because this is easi [...]

    28. Another terrific collection of stories. The young talent out there these days, is truly mind-boggling. The author is also fearless, as she experiments with historical fiction, magical realism, dystopia and plain old, grim reality. Many of the stories are based in Nigeria or have Nigerian characters. She also handles personal relationships quite deftly and poignantly. Arimah is an author to keep a very close eye on. 4.3 stars

    29. Fantastic. Every story was a winner, though my favorite was "Who Will Greet You at Home." Arimah is an author to watch.

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