Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by BuzzfeedTime Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the MillionsNylon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Electric Literature

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.
April 4, 2017  |  240 pages
(Read from Mar 19, 2018 to Mar 22, 2018)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
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Arimah debuts with a well-balanced collection that introduces a range of characters and settings while maintaining a consistent tone. Her writing is poignant and introspective without losing its modern, accessible feel. "Wild" was the standout entry for me, as the Africa motif comes into play with a clash of cultures and families. The more speculative pieces, especially the futuristic titular story, get held back by their high concepts. Arimah is at her best with writing grounded in reality.  (+2 votes)