Joslyn Allen

Critic

USA

Joslyn Allen is a writer and reviewer at Chronic Bibliophilia

The Architecture of Loss

Date: 04 Jul 2017 Category: Books
7.0 Rating
“I am a poor girl. I was born into a world of cheap. Food that is picked from the fields outside your door is the tastiest food you will ever eat. Grandmothers who massage coconut oil into your hair at night are the most expensive gifts you will ever receive. But I knew, even when I was a young girl, that some people are born for things that they can never be prepared for. Larger things that come with double edges. If a call against injustice c ...

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Date: 01 Aug 2017 Category: Books
8.0 Rating
Born in the UK of Nigerian descent and (after having spent formative years living there) obvious cultural heritage, Lesley Nneka Arimah has unleashed a sparkling debut collection of short stories. Her stories – in tone as well as temperament – are reminiscent of Helen Oyeyemi’s; there is an undercurrent (and sometimes overt wave) of fantasy quietly portrayed as realism. While some stories are true realism, steeped in the everyday heartaches ...