by Mat Johnson
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Drop by Mat Johnson

A passionate and original new voice of the African-American literary tradition.

Chris Jones has a gift for creating desire-a result of his own passionate desire to be anywhere but where he is, to be anyone but himself. Sick of the constraints of his black working-class town, he uses his knack for creating effective ad campaigns to land a dream job in London. But life soon takes a turn for the worse, and unexpectedly Chris finds himself back where he started, forced to return to Philadelphia where his only job prospect is answering phones at the electrical company and helping the poor pay their heating and lighting bills. Surrounded by his brethren, the down and out, the indigent, the hopeless, Chris hits bottom. Only a stroke of inspiration and faith can get him back on his feet.

The funny and moving tale of a young black man who, in the process of trying to break free from the city he despises, is forced to come to terms with himself.

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ISBN-13: 9781582341507
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Mat Johnson received his MFA from Columbia University. He returned to his native Philadelphia, with his wife and daughter, after living in Harlem for several years. Drop is his first novel.

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Drop 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Coltrane or early Miles were writers, their prose would flow similar to Johnson's. His tasteful use of words paints realistic, satirical, fresh views of everyday life. He makes sitting on a couch seem profound and colorful. At times, I felt like Johnson has gone though my e-mails and memoirs to create his characters.At times, his style of prose riffs so far in poetic strokes he loses the true content of his narrative, leaving the reader to wonder what is literally or figurative. The ending is borderline contrived but surprising.This book made me feel less offset by and more trusting of strangers and those in the urban community. I felt hopeful and humbled after reading this piece. This book showed how brotherhood can still exist and a human spirit can grow despite shortcomings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Drop' Appears to be the book I've been searching for. Gripping from page one, I've been able to feel the struggle, and vindication, happiness, sadness, and sarcasm of the character through Johnsons use of raw and frank language. I am anxiously awaiting the next book by this very talented author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening line ("Me: thirty-one years old..."), I felt like Mat Johnson had found my personal journal and passed it off as his first novel. "Drop" is nothing short of art, and anyone who appreciates art or calls themselves an artist is doing themselves a terrible injustice if they don't read this slender yet substantial tome. The main charecter is a man at odds with the hand he's drawn from life, but still maintains shreds of dignity, conscience, and an unwavering ambition to elevate beyond his circumstances. When his dream comes true, he doesn't arise from bed...until he's unceremoniously dumped to the hard floor. An unforgettable story presented by a voice that will surely become one of Generation X's most prominent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Drop had me at page one! I have hungered for this kind of language in contemporary novels. There were pages where I laughed out loud and felt compelled to share with others around me. Johnson is quite talented. If this is his debut, I will race to read his next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was hard for me to get into this book. I didn't get into it til the middle. The writing style was pretty good. All in all the book was pretty good. You just gotta be ready to get into becuase it won't happen right away.. so take your time and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful style of writing that touches the emotions many of us feel. However, as brilliant as Mr. Johnson's prose is, the story in Drop left me feeling empty and frustrated. While I understood the poetic nature of the plot, it was delivered unevenly and unrealistically. And, there had to be a better way for the author to illustrate his hero's ultimate realization than the contrived and 'convenient' final scene. Read it if you must, but do so for the remarkable use of language, and not the disappointing story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find a book compelling if it has a unique voicing. There are two voices that attract me. The voice in the prose or the one in the story telling. In the case of 'Drop' Mat has found both voices. The story keeps you moving forward and the phrasing is like jazz - it surprises you and makes you think about the phrasing. He keeps Chris, the main character, from becoming frustrating or irritating and keeps him believable through to the completion. I really liked this book and will re-read it in a few months. Something I seldom do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Jones was a boy in the hood who became a man when he decided to chase his dream in London. His boss David is an older version of himself. Through meeting David and seeing his very own reflection, Chris started to grow as a person. This book packed with humorous descriptions, and knowledge of self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny without being slapstick and touching just when you thought you'd get away scot free. I think Mat Johnson has created the first stone in what will be a terribly fascinating and admirable monument.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hank runs all over the place. He makes it up and then finds the right way back again. It gets a lot of the mess right out of your pants. This isn't more of the same, but like a lot of good books it is better. Make sure it hasn't found a way to get off the map. Happily yours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd like qualify the title of my review because people will think I'm being insulting, in fact, it is a high compliment. Like Stephen King (before he started trying too damn hard to be 'literary') Mat Johnson knows how to tell a story. Things begin and they end. This is no small feat in a literary novel. His language avoids being overly proud of itself, it is direct, fluent and musical without being smug. I find his humor top shelf and almost without peer among younger writers. He's not of that hipster school of humor that is not really humor, merely self-conscious poses to avoid sincerity. Johnson is sincere and heartbreaking at times, he wants to feel emotion and wants you to as well. He cares. He writes well. He's done something worthwhile and adventurous. He is a writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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