Get Down

Stories

Asali Solomon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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. The adults in Get Down are just trying to hold it together.


Here is a debut that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. Set mostly in middle-class black Philadelphia during the crack and Reagan years, the stories in Get Down 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. They announce a sparkling new talent, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose work has been featured in Vibe, Essence, and the anthology Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts.

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GET DOWN
Twelve Takes TheaMy mother and father, the only kids to go to college in their large families, believed deeply that they could only have genius children. When my older brother, Stephen, was assigned to the fourth-grade slow learners' class at Franklin Elementary for his habit of staring at the floor, it set into motion a chain of events that would end, for me, with a partial scholarship to the Barrett School for Girls. Every day I got up at 6:00 a.m. and rode a school bus from Southwest Philadelphia to a sprawling campus in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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"Asali Solomon's stories are luminous and touching and are an important contribution to the serious literature about the urban lives of black Americans. Solomon's work is sensitively observed and should be applauded from the first words to the last."    --Edward P. Jones, author of ALL AUNT HAGAR'S CHILDREN


"With a merciless eye and compassionate heart, Asali Solomon draws a nuanced world where pain and class and sex shimmer deceptively under perfectly pitched prose. There’s danger here--and, occasionally, the quiet surprise of redemption. Brava!" --Lorene Cary, author of Pride

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About the Author

Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon was born and raised in West Philadelphia. She received the Rona Jaffe Award for the stories in Get Down. She lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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Get Down
Stories
Asali Solomon

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
January 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466821590
ISBN10: 1466821590
208 pages
$7.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
January 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374531461
ISBN10: 0374531463
5 1/16 x 7 15/16 inches, 208 pages
$18.00
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