Man Gone Down

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Man Gone Down
Author Michael Thomas
Original title Man Gone Down
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Grove Press
Publication date
Pages 431
ISBN 0-8021-7029-3
OCLC 74492272
813/.6 22
LC Class PS3620.H6352 M36 2007

Man Gone Down is the debut novel of U.S. author Michael Thomas. It won the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, with Thomas receiving a prize of 100,000 (£85,000, US$140,000).[1][2][3] Man Gone Down is also recommended by The New York Times.[3][4]

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel is about an African-American man estranged from his white wife and their children, and who must come up with a sum of money within four days to have them returned.[2][5] It focuses on an attempt to achieve the American Dream.[3] Thomas describes Man Gone Down as having a "gallows humour".[3]


  1. ^ "'Man gone down' wins IMPAC Dublin Literary Award". Irish Independent. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b Flood, Alison (2009-06-11). "Debut novelist takes €100,000 Impac Dublin prize". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d "African-American novel wins Irish literature prize". Reuters. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  4. ^ Glover, Kaiama L. (February 4, 2007). "American Dream Deferred". New York Times. 
  5. ^ "Debut novel by US writer wins Impac". The Irish Times. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
Preceded by
De Niro's Game
International Dublin Literary Award recipient
Succeeded by
The Twin