Books by Kenji Jasper

KENJI JASPER is the author of the novels Dark, Dakota Grand, and Seeking Salamanca Mitchell, and has served as a commentator for NPR. His writings have appeared in Essence, The Source, XXL, Vibe, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York


THE HOUSE ON CHILDRESS STREET by Kenji Jasper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Earnest, often heartbreaking, but somehow still unsatisfying."
Novelist Jasper explores the roots and psyche of an African-American family. Read full book review >
SEEKING SALAMANCA MITCHELL by Kenji Jasper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2004

"Written in loose, loping prose, a story that's entertaining enough, though in the end rather quietly routine."
A jazzy, fluent rendering of the life of an aspiring musician and composer who finds himself jailed for seven years just as his great love gives birth to their child. Read full book review >
DARK by Kenji Jasper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2001

"Thai's voice establishes all the depth of character there is here, the supporting cast existing mainly to prompt him toward his next insight. Still, this 25-year-old author shows a talent that could blossom in another, more challenging, book."
Minus the hip-hop window-dressing and sprinklings of rap names, Jasper's debut is only a desultory rendering of a young man's journey to maturity. Read full book review >