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Man Gone Down

(2006)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel
This book is an extraordinary debut that tackles race, wealth and family head on as a young black man finds the American Dream dissolving around him. On the eve of this 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 his kids in school and make a down payment on an apartment for them to live in. As we slip between his childhood in inner city Boston and present-day New York City, we discover 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.

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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Man Gone Down
Author(s): Michael Thomas
ISBN: 1-84887-243-7 / 978-1-84887-243-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
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December 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Man Gone Down
Author(s): Michael Thomas
ISBN: 0-8021-7029-3 / 978-0-8021-7029-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Cat
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April 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Man Gone Down
Author(s): Michael Thomas
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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December 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Man Gone Down
Author(s): Michael Thomas
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Man Gone Down: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Thomas
Publisher: Black Cat
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