by Kenji Jasper
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Dark by Kenji Jasper

Thai Williams is walking a thin line between two worlds. On one side he has his job as a filing clerk for the Washington, D.C., Department of Public Works, his girlfriend Sierra, and his plans for going to college. But on the other, darker side there are his friends Snowflake and Ray Ray, men who run the neighborhood streets dodging the dangers of the criminal life and its after-effects. But that thin line disappears when Thai walks in on Sierra with another man, whom he eventually kills in a haze of jealousy and confusion. From there Thai finds himself on the run and away from the five-block stretch where he’s lived for all his life. He finds his way to Charlotte, where Enrique, his closest friend of all, has moved in search of a better life. In the course of the week that follows, Thai encounters a series of men and women who show him aspects of life he never dreamed of in his narrow ghetto existence. All of them are looking for answers, but it is Thai who must find his own path out of the dark and into the clear light of moral responsibility and repentance for his actions.

In his first novel, Kenji has written a haunting portrait of his own urban generation, shadowed (and often erased) by violence, but determined to make their own mark on the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767907071
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/2001
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,222,589
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Kenji Jasper is a twenty-five-year-old writer and journalist whose work has appeared in Vibe, Essence, The Source, and other publications. A native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Morehouse College, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Dark 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anger, Regret, Pain. Deep book, makes you want to read all of his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this book, it tells all about a young man who is trying to do better for hisself but later get caought into some trouble and rely on his boys to have his back. It explains some of the true hardships of growing up in the ghetto and about someone who doesn't want to let go altough he knows that there's nothing good for him where he's at now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this book I really didn't know what to expect from it. I just wanted to read. And when I finished it, I wanted to praise the author. I was able to put myself into the main character, Thai. It's a story about finding redemption and having deep regrets about one's actions and the consequences. You are able to sympathaize with Thai personally, and try to understand what he's coming from (enviornment).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books you can't stop reading until the last page. Jasper really paints a realistic picture of a man's maturation and his discovery of a whole world outside of his neighborhood.....I highly recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on my way home from work. I read it while on the 45 minute train ride to my apt., and almost missed my stop. I read the book while cooking and eating dinner, couldn't put it down. This is definitely one of the best books I've read. Kenji has done a phenomenal job of making the reader experience the main character's life. I'd recommend this book to any and everybody!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good and all but it ended so quickly without much detail. I thought it was kind of crazy how he went about things in the book. I found myself putting the book down for a period of time but the beginning is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced novel that I truly enjoyed. Kenji did a wonderful job of sharing what happens very often when we react in the heat of the moment. He clearly painted a picture of Thai growing into manhood, through lifes tough experiences.