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Written by Kenji JasperAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kenji Jasper

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • On Sale: June 12, 2001
  • Price: $19.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7679-0707-1 (0-7679-0707-8)
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By a first-time novelist, this is a African American, coming-of-age novel that joins the sensibility of a young James Baldwin to the contemporary subject matter of rap and hip hop. Nineteen-year-old Thai Williams' life is turned upside down when he kills a rival for his girlfriend's attention. Now he must find his own path out of the dark of the ghetto and into the clear light of moral responsibility and redemption.

"Jasper's engrossing debut evades stereotype, zeroing in with style and substance on what it takes to not only survive but to thrive as a young black man in the killing streets of the inner city."--Publishers Weekly.