The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, 2017

Lesley Nneka Arimah

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories

Lesley Nneka Arimah, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky(Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9780735211025

Selected by Chris Bachelder, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction


Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and is a winner of the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award, among other honors. She lives in Minneapolis.

Photo credit: Emily Baxter

About the book (FROM THE PUBLISHER)

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.

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About the Selecting author

Chris Bachelder is the author of Bear v. SharkU.S.!, and Abbott Awaits. His most recent novel, The Throwback Special, was a Finalist for the National Book Award. His fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’sThe Believer, and The Paris Review. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Cincinnati, where he teaches at the University of Cincinnati.