Get Down Stories 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 co

  • Title: Get Down: Stories
  • Author: Asali Solomon
  • ISBN: 9780374299422
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 buAsali 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 dangerous street The adults in Get Down are just trying to hold it together Here is a debut that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure Set mostly in middle class black Philadelphia during the crack and Reagan years, the stories in Get Down are antic, poignant, and utterly universal they ll bring back memories for anyone who has ever stood in the corner of a darkened school gym wondering whether to dance or duck for cover They announce a sparkling new talent, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop whose work has been featured in Vibe, Essence, and the anthology Naked Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts Asali Solomon was born and raised in West Philadelphia She received the Rona Jaffe Award for the stories in Get Down She lives in Lexington, Virginia 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 twenty something 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 dangerous street The adults in Get Down are just trying to hold it together Here is a debut that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure Set mostly in middle class black Philadelphia during the Reagan years, the stories in Get Down will bring back memories for anyone who has ever stood in the corner of a darkened school gym wondering whether to dance or duck for cover They announce a new talent, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop whose work has been featured in Vibe, Essence, and the anthology Naked Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts Asali Solomon s stories are luminous and touching and are an important contribution to the serious literature about the urban lives of black Americans Solomon s work is sensitively observed and should be applauded from the first words to the last Edward P Jones, author of All Aunt Hagar s Children A funny melange of characters in this sparkling debut collection Patrik Henry Bass, Essence Asali Solomon s stories are luminous and touching and are an important contribution to the serious literature about the urban lives of black Americans Solomon s work is sensitively observed and should be applauded from the first words to the last Edward P Jones, author of All Aunt Hagar s Children With a merciless eye and compassionate heart, Asali Solomon draws a nuanced world where pain and class and sex shimmer deceptively under perfectly pitched prose There s danger here and, occasionally, the quiet surprise of redemption Brava Lorene Cary, author of Pride

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    1. I really enjoyed this one the prose is awkward in some places but fabulous in others, and the stories are full of adolescent agony, snarky observations, clear-eyed actions, matter-of-fact nostalgia, and equal parts humor and loneliness. (Also, who doesn't love a quick and easy read? All the smug, self-satisfied sense of accomplishment that comes from reading a whole book in a fraction of the time!)

    2. The stories had strong characters but sometimes I think the actual thread of what was going on got lost in the personalities. However the feelings of being a misfit and of loneliness and the desire to fit in somewhere anywhere are so strong in these stories that my heart ached and it touched a universal chord.

    3. 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" is not only capture the 1980's perfectly,she also creates stories that drawn in the reader and makes you care about the characters and the situations they are going through. "Get Down" consists of seven stories and although each story is special in its own right, there are some factors that are si [...]

    4. I read "Disgruntled" before I read "Get Down". Since I liked "Disgruntled" so much, it was only natural. This book was OK, for the most part. I had some struggles staying interested, and readjusting to new characters, but once I was into it, I couldn't put it down. I hadn't complete the first story but I finished all the rest. Some of the themes felt a little repetitive: a corky outsider from the Barrett School for Girls, with girl problems and boy problems. Some black teens kids who party a lot [...]

    5. It's every reader's duty, even if out of necessity, to sit down with the work of authors never explored before. In this case, I traveled through Solomon's earliest work, where the ridiculously good writing overcomes the sometimes repetitive geography of a writer finding her way. In short, the reader will immediately shout for joy at Solomon's writing, and the worlds she opens up with it. The worlds may be related, but they are varied, and filled with incredible elevation changes usually found in [...]

    6. I really enjoyed the short stories within this book. I saw characters and situations that I could relate to in a lot of ways. Also, I think that the short stories were well-written and succinct. I didn't feel as though I was thrown into a story or left from a story feeling unsatisfied - which is quite important to me in regards to short stories. I really liked that all the characters weren't the same or some version of the same person because it speaks to breadth of blackness and humanity in gen [...]

    7. I wanted to read Asali Solomon's first book before diving into her debut novel, Disgruntled, and am glad I did. Get Down is an incredibly readable collection of stories, pointed and poignant, exploring adolescence and race in West Philadelphia, very particular yet universal enough to draw in any reader. Solomon’s language is gorgeous but completely natural -- these stories don’t feel written so much as lived, and each left me feeling privileged to be allowed a glimpse into the protagonist’ [...]

    8. Stories about growing up, being the black girl at an all-white school, living in Philly & your rich suburban friends aren't allowed to come to your birthday party because the city is dangeroushool friends & neighborhood friends.nts who aren't like other kids' parents, kind of like how you're not like other kidsgood stories, so of my era--references to El Debarge played at the school dance, and also "stairway to heaven" and all the couples try to slow dance even though they know it speeds [...]

    9. I read this 7 or 8 years ago. Probably the first time I encountered LGBT people of color in a fiction (don't quote me, though). Every story snapped into place for me. I thought Solomon's new novel Disgruntled was fine, but not mesmerizing. It was the rare novel that was too lean for me. I didn't feel I had enough time with it, needed to walk around inside it a bit more. Waiting for it was for me a little like waiting for the new Frank Ocean record to drop. I look forward to her next one!

    10. There is a fair amount of repetition of theme and moments in these stories, which is a little problematic in a book that's less than 200 pages. But, what isn't problematic is Solomon's writing. She does a wonderful job of quickly drawing the reader into her characters and their lives. Solomon is a smart, stylish, empathetic writer, and I'm really looking forward to the novel that she has coming out later in 2015.

    11. I had high hopes for this one, but started it this weekend and am having lots of trouble getting through even the first story. The pacing feels off to me, and the writing isn't really interesting. The subject matter also feels very familiar. It doesn't feel inspired at all. Oh, well. I'll keep at it--at least another story or two. There are seven in this collection. Maybe inspiration will strike, and I'll find myself lulled by it eventually.

    12. I read this book of short stories after hearing Danielle Evans rave about it on NPR. Being the older book, it must have served as partial inspiration for Evans's wonderful BEFORE YOU SUFFOCATE YOUR OWN FOOL SELF. Although GET DOWN is full of talent, the last two stories drag. Still, there is the lovely "Save Me," about a young girl struggling (kind of, sort of, well, maybe not so much) with religion.

    13. After awhile, the stories all had a certain sameness to them. There were subtle surprises, a parenthetical remark or an ending sentence that made me stop. Wow. And think. But I felt no passion for or interest in any of the characters.

    14. I read this short story collection before her novel because I wanted to see if she exhibited growth (and mostly because the collection was cheaper). I'm so glad that I did as this was terrific.

    15. I thought the book was okay. The story had a good overall plot but it was very slow pase. I like the purpose of the book and the fact that it was a true story.

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