Short Stories 366:195 — “Redemption,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

"Redemption" closes out What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and it does so with a brilliant story that does so much in the space of a short time, but keeps it all alight at once: the weight of disbelief in the face of sexual abuse, the confusing tangle of emotions when … Continue reading Short Stories 366:195 — “Redemption,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Short Stories 366:188 — “What is a Volcano?” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Oh, holy flying heck this was wonderful. Found in What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and told as a kind of parable or folk tale, "What is a Volcano?" has a narrative that begins with the god of ants and the goddess of rivers having a disagreement that escalates, but while … Continue reading Short Stories 366:188 — “What is a Volcano?” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Short Stories 366:149 — “Glory,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

The idea of someone "cursed" or shrouded in bad luck is brought rather delightfully to life here in this latest story from Lesley Nneka Arimah's What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, and I have to say despite her being prickly and borderline cruel and careless, I was rooting for Glory from … Continue reading Short Stories 366:149 — “Glory,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Short Stories 366:142 — “Buchi’s Girls,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

I'm pretty sure now that What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky is trying to break my heart, one story at a time. It's doing so incredibly skillfully, and with stories about people—usually mothers-and-daughters—in terrible situations finding a way to eke out a sliver of hope or dignity, but it's still breaking … Continue reading Short Stories 366:142 — “Buchi’s Girls,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Short Stories 366:135 — “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Sometimes you bump into a short fiction piece that is just so freaking incredible you lean back once you're done and just sit. You let the words settle and just feel it all in your head and think, 'Well, good game, good game. Everyone else can go home now.' Such was my experience with "Who … Continue reading Short Stories 366:135 — “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Short Stories 366:128 — “Windfall,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Holy flying crap this story. Okay, first off, major content warnings for, well, all sorts of things: familial abuse, under-age sex and statutory rape, injury, miscarriage... it's a lot. Like most of What It Means when a Man Falls from the Sky, the core upon which this story is built is a familial relationship between … Continue reading Short Stories 366:128 — “Windfall,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah