WhenManFallFromSky5 /5 STARS PUBLISHED APRIL 2017


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.


This was an amazingly beautiful read, I couldn’t believe how fast I flew through it. Each story pulled me in and didn’t let go. From the first story, The Future Looks Good, I was almost in tears and it didn’t stop there. From War Child to Light to Buchi’s Girl, Arimah brings each character to life in a way that connects you to them and whatever they feel you feel it too. Love, betrayal, family, loneliness, courage, and fear. Every emotion will be pulled out of you. I loved every bit of this book and it’s definitely one that will have a forever spot on my shelf.

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