Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas

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On the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday, the unnamed black narrator of Man Gone Down finds himself broke, estranged from his white wife and three children, and living in the bedroom of a friend’s six-year-old child. He has four days to come up with the money to keep the kids in school and make a down payment on an apartment for them in which to live. As we slip between his childhood in inner city Boston and present-day New York City, we learn of a life marked by abuse, abandonment, raging alcoholism, and the best and worst intentions of a supposedly integrated America. This is a story of the American Dream gone awry, about what it’s like to feel preprogrammed to fail in life and the urge to escape that sentence.


About Michael Thomas

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Michael L. Thomas is Director of the recently launched Center for the Study of Ancient Italy at the University of Texas at Austin. He has excavated in Italy for seventeen years, and he currently codirects two archaeological projects there. Hayo Reinders is director of the English Language Self-Access Centre at the University of Auckland and Visiting Professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. He is co-editor of a journal for computer assisted language learning.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 456 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Winning the International Impac Dublin Literary Award may be the best thing that could happen to a new voice like Michael Thomas.

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Michael Thomas’s first novel asks how one negotiates a color line that runs smack through the middle of a family.

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When he first tries to make a plan, the narrator plays Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful": "A blind, black, R&B junkie gone country, singing an also-ran anthem - dragging it back through the tunnel of his experience, colouring it with his growl, his rough falsetto ...

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