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Original Title: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
ISBN: 0735211027 (ISBN13: 9780735211025)
Edition Language: English
Literary Awards: Kirkus Prize for Fiction (2017), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2017), Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Nominee for Fiction (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.
“When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters. He did not know how quickly it would wick the dew off her, how she would be returned to him hollowed out, relieved of her better parts.”
“There is this thing that distance does where it subtracts warm and context and history and each finds that they are arguing with a stranger.”
“You shouldn’t be stopping a person from feeling natural hardships. That’s what it means to be human.”
“Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction till the flames die out.
But my tongue stirred anyway. I stepped into view and threw something of my own.”
“And he should chastise the girl, he knows that, but she is his brightest ember and he would not have her dimmed.”
“No one important stops to get their picture taken.”
“She is his brightest ember and he would not have her dimmed.”