With her focus on complex and often tragically damaged parent/daughter relationships, Arimah delivers a collection of stories with as much emotional punch as careful attention to language and structure. Her penchant for circular structures especially gives her stories' most brutal moments a crushing inevitability that explores the many ways our past will always collide with our future--whether due to our own actions or those of our forebears.
— From What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
A NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION "5 UNDER 35" HONOREE
WINNER OF THE 2017 KIRKUS PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE LEONARD PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR
, Southern Living
, Electric Literature
, The Root
, The Guardian, Bustle, Thrillist, and Publisher's Weekly
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home.
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.
Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her.