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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 15, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Chris Jones has a gift for creating desire-a result of his own passionate desire to be anywhere but where he is, to be anyone but himself. Sick of the constraints of his black working-class town, he uses his knack for creating effective ad campaigns to land a dream job in London. But life soon takes a turn for the worse, and Chris finds himself back in Philly where his only job prospect is answering the phones at the electric company. Surounded by the down-and-out, Chris hits rock bottom. Only a stroke of inspiration and faith can get him back on his feet.

The funny and heartfelt tale of a young black man who, in the process of trying to break free from the city he dispises, comes to terms with himself.

'Nuanced, elegant and witty' -Publishers Weekly

'A very humorous debut novel... Johnson's poetic reflections recall the work of James Baldwin....Wonderfully written.' -Library Journal

 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
12
Section 4
15
Section 5
22
Section 6
30
Section 7
43
Section 8
48
Section 16
104
Section 17
110
Section 18
120
Section 19
128
Section 20
135
Section 21
144
Section 22
151
Section 23
159

Section 9
61
Section 10
66
Section 11
75
Section 12
84
Section 13
90
Section 14
95
Section 15
101
Section 24
167
Section 25
177
Section 26
186
Section 27
194
Section 28
207
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Mat Johnson received his MFA from Columbia, where he studied under
Michael Cunningham and Maureen Howard. He lives in New Jersey with his
wife. 'Johnson's talent is obvious from the get-go... [Drop is] comical, serious, and eloquent-all at the same time.'-The Washington Post Book World

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