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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/04/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781848872431