Broadway Books, 9780767907071, 256pp.
Publication Date: June 12, 2001
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.
About the Author
Praise For Dark…
“Dark is the hard to face journey towards redemption, illuminated by characters whose mistakes could easily have been made by any one of us. An impressive debut the new images of the urban experience will be carved out by Kenji Jasper.”--Ernesto Quinones, author of Bodega Dreams
“Kenji Jasper has tapped into the voice of his generation with this amazing new book. He understands the fears and aspirations of the young African/American male and is not afraid to expose the darker side of his hero’s personality in an attempt to make people sit up and think. Kenji Jasper has written a work of fiction that feels so real, it scares me.”
—E. Lynn Harris
“Kenji Jasper is a raw, driven talent ready to claim his space on your bookshelf. A fast-paced novel of a lost boy’s journey from juvenalia to manhood, from oblivious to consciousness, Dark is a lethal 40 oz. of sex, violence and suspense.”
—Mat Johnson, author of Drop
“With Dark Kenji Jasper lays waste to the genteel façade of the Washington, D.C., where dignitaries skirt around the lives of those actually born in the city. From the first page Jasper guns the engine, whipping the reader from pole to pole.”
—Victor LaValle, author of Slapboxing with Jesus