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ISBN-10: 0374531463
ISBN-13: 9780374531461
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 01/22/2008
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.70" W, 0.60" H

Get Down: Stories

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Set mostly in middle-class black Philadelphia during the crack and Reagan years, these stories are antic, poignant, and utterly universal–they’ll bring back memories for anyone who has ever stood in the corner of a darkened school gym wondering whether to dance or duck for cover.

Asali Solomon’s characters are vivid misfits–a heathen at Jesus camp, a scheming prep-school student, a middle-aged mom pining for her salsa-dancing salad days, a scheming twentysomething virgin, a college stud in love with his weight-lifting partner, a lonely girl in love with a yellow dress. The kids in Get Down are trapped between their own good breeding and their burning desire to join the house party of sex, romance, and bad behavior that seems to be happening on some other block, down some other, more dangerous street. Get Down is, in the words of Edward P. Jones, “touching and sensitively observed . . . from the first word to the last.”

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"American literature tends to offer its black characters only two moods to play: angry or mad . . . which is why Asali Solomon's debut collection, Get Down, comes as such a blessed relief. Angry and mad make appearances, but so do confused, awkward, hopeful and sincere." –Victor Lavalle, Paste

"Fresh, intimate portraits of people trying to straddle contradictory worlds. While Asali Solomon writes with uncanny acumen about men, Get Down will resonate with anyone–male or female, black or white, young or old–who has ever felt like an outsider." –Jennifer Egan

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Details

ISBN-10: 0374531463
ISBN-13: 9780374531461
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 01/22/2008
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.70" W, 0.60" H
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