They backed and forthed for five human centuries, and if anyone asked River what she though of Ant, she responded with an affectionate laugh peppered with annoyance. Such a small man with small concerns, but a fun diversion for such a woman as she. No one asked Ant what he thought of River, but someone should have known that you do not take small things from small men.
From “What is a Volcano?”
Lesley Nneka Arimah. That is a name you should remember, because she will be around for quite some time. I first heard of Ms. Arimah and her work on Levar Burton’s podcast, “Levar Burton Reads.” He read her short story, “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky,” from her collection by the same name. I was so captivated by it that I borrowed her collection from the library and realized that Ms. Arimah is an incredible writer, one who evokes emotions from her readers without really trying.
A perfect example is my reaction to the story, “Windfalls.” The story, about a mother and daughter who live off slip-and-fall settlement money, made me so angry that I slammed the book shut and shed tears. Ms. Arimah’s writing is powerful. It grabs your attention immediately, almost snatching it from her readers and forcing them to focus on her words. I have already purchased her collection because this is a book I will read over and over again.
It is rare that I give a book five stars, but What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky is no ordinary book. It is one that will stand the test of time and become a classic. I will be attending her event this month at Strand Books (see my post here) and I am beyond excited. I have so many questions to ask, particularly about the story “Windfalls.” But I am most excited about listening to this wonderful writer and just being in her presence.
As soon as possible, pick up a copy of Ms. Arimah’s book. I highly recommend it and would love to hear what you think about her work.