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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah Narrator: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781524751449
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Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPRSouthern Living, Electric LiteratureThe Root
The Guardian, Bustle, Thrillist, and Publisher's Weekly

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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Adjoa Andoh has an eclectic palette of accents to draw from as she moves effortlessly across the globe from story to story…Arima shifts from mythological to modern romance in a heartbeat, offering Andoh the opportunity to showcase her dramatic versatility…These stories are phenomenal and, in combination with Andoh’s reading, are not to be missed.”


  • “Stunning.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Strange and wonderful… a witty, oblique and mischievous storyteller”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mesmerizing…an astonishing writer whose words dare the heart and mind to remain unstirred…Her words throb with truth.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Arimah’s voice is vibrant and fresh, her topics equally timely and timeless.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] another brilliant short story collection full of magic and the speculative, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky is so very excellent.”

    Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts

  • Time Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • Elle Magazine Pick of 2017's Most Anticipated Books
  • Chicago Tribune Pick for Upcoming Books
  • Boston Globe Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2017
  • Oprah Pick of Best Books for Spring
  • Fiinalist for the Kirkus Prize
  • A National Book Foundation honoree for 5 under 35
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About the Author

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born in the United Kingdom and grew up wherever her father was stationed for work, which was sometimes Nigeria, sometimes not. Her work has received numerous grants and awards, including the 2015 African Commonwealth Prize and an O. Henry Award, and a story published in the New Yorker last year was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

About the Narrator

Adjoa Andoh is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress of British film, television, stage, and radio. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Almeida Theatre, and she is a familiar face on British television. She made her Hollywood debut starring as Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff, Brenda Mazikubo, alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.