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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah
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Title: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Author:  Lesley Nneka Arimah

ISBN:  9781472239617

Weight:  601g

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

‘When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters.'

The daughters, wives and mothers in Lesley Nneka Arimah’s remarkable debut collection find themselves in extraordinary situations: a woman whose mother’s ghost appears to have stepped out of a family snapshot, another who, exhausted by childlessness, resorts to fashioning a charmed infant out of human hair, a ‘grief worker’ with a miraculous ability to remove emotional pain – at a price.

What unites them is the toughness of the world they inhabit, a world where the future is uncertain, opportunities are scant, and fortunes change quicker than the flick of a switch.  Characterised by their vividness, immediacy and the author’s seemingly endless ability to conjure worlds at once familiar and unsettlingly different, this collection showcases the work of an extraordinarily talented writer at the start of a brilliant career.

Peer & Press Reviews

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is a striking collection that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention and your heart gasp in admiration.  Arimah’s stories are intense, mesmeric, and nothing short of stunning.

Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

Though the stories are intense and unforgettable, they are offset by dazzling wit, playfulness, and imagination, making What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky a joy to read.  Do not hesitate to pick up this collection.

BuzzFeed

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 centre 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.

Roxane Gay, author of Difficult Women

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Title: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
Author:
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Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

Included in this 12-strong debut collection is Light, which won the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.

Two other stories were shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing:
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, 2016.
Who Will Greet You At Home, 2017

Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Imprint: Tinder Press
Awards and prizes:

Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa 2015 – winner (Light)

Caine Prize for African Writing 2016 – shortlist (What It Means…)

Caine Prize for African Writing 2017 – shortlist (Who Will Greet…)

Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781472239617
ISBN 10: 147223961X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 230
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 145 x 25mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Emily Baxter
Jacket design: Yeti Lambregts
Jacket illustration: Willian Santiago
Title letterpress: Harrington & Squires

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