MAN GONE DOWN Wins Impac Award

Michael Thomas’s debut novel, Man Gone Down, has won the Impac Dublin Literary prize, according to the Associated Press. Thomas, a teacher at New York City’s Hunter College, edged out writers like Joyce Carol Oates and Phillip Roth for the world’s richest literary prize, which carries a purse of $140,000. The Irish award, which is open to any novel published in English, is already sparking media attention and has prompted the publisher to start planning an author tour. Libraries interested in hosting events with Thomas can contact Deb Seager at Libraries we checked showed 7-15 copies of the book on hand.

Man Gone Down received major publicity when first published as a paperback original in 2007, including a New York Times Book Review cover essay, which described Thomas’s protagaonist as “a black man living in Brooklyn and struggling to write while supporting his blue-blooded white wife and their three children,”  and also as a man “fighting a fate preordained as much by his genes as by his country.”

Named one of 2007’s 10 best books by the New York Times, Man Gone Down also received other major reviews in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, and was on the IndieBound list of “great reading group books.”

Man Gone Down: A Novel
Michael Thomas
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat – (2006-12-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0802170293 / 9780802170293

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