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

Honoree, 5 Under 35 2017

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, by Lesley Nneka Arimah, book jacket
ISBN 9780735211025
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
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Lesley Nneka Arimah

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. More about this author >

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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.