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"This is a revealing look at an important social and health issue."
--Booklist (American Library Association)
In the August 3, 2003 issue of The New York Times Magazine, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis gave a brief overview of the secretive phenemonon known as "Living on the Down Low", or the DL. The article explored the shadowed lives of married, African-American men who, on the sly or the down-low (DL), sleep with other men.
Now, with his book On the Down Low, J.L. King, a father of three who has lived on the DL, has written the first frank, thorough, and book-length investigation of life on the DL. King exposes the closeted culture of sex between black men who lead “straight” lives, describes his own past as a DL man, and talks about the path that led him to let go of the lies and bring forth a message that can promote emotional healing and open discussions about relationships, sex, sexuality, and health in the black community.
Drawn from hundreds of interviews, statistics, and the author’s firsthand knowledge of DL behavior, On the Down Low provides a long-overdue account of a phenomenon with serious implications for men and women in the African-American community.