by Lesley Nneka Arimah The twelve stories in this collection range from the grim to the whimsical. Set variously in America or Nigeria, in the future, the far future, or an alternate present, they tend to concern the anxiety of familial bonds in a world in which those bonds are severely tested. Betrayals by family members abound. Men are either ineffectual or monstrous or idealized. Women, more complex typically, are also capable of harsher judgements and more devious plans. Reality is permeable. Spirits or ghosts often have walk-on parts. And when the past is not corporealized, it’s atrocities nonetheless take on the immense weight of memory and grief. 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.
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - June 2020 Urban Book of the Month