Get Down: Stories

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 22, 2008 - Fiction - 208 pages
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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. 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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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

This is a collection of short stories about young people, 12 to 30. They described their attempts to deal with awkward situations told with compassion, honesty, and with full access to their inner ... Read full review

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User Review  - bamalibrarylady - LibraryThing

When I first saw the book jacket for "Get Down," I was instantly taken back to my childhood in the '80 and days of watching Yo MTV raps and break-dancing. What Asali Solomon manages to do in "Get Down ... Read full review


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Asali Solomon was born and raised in Philadelphia. Get Down, her first book, earned her a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" for 2007, and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

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