The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner for 2009 is “Man Gone Down” by Michael Thomas.
What a coup for a first time author! The award was announced on June 11th and was only the third time the award went to a debut novelist! The prize, which is the richest literary award in the world and is open to novels written in all languages, was US$140,000. Nominated by 157 public libraries across 41 countries, “Man Gone Down” beat an international longlist of 147 titles from 41 countries!
The novel written with ‘black humor’ focuses on an African-American man who is estranged from his white wife and their children. A former Harvard student, the protagonist is now broke and working construction. He needs to raise money in four days in order to return his children to school and get them and his wife away from his mother-in-law. The novel dwells on how social circumstance and our early life affect our present lives as we pursue the American Dream.
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