Title: The Shooting: A Memoir
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press, New York
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the front endpaper: "Kemp Powers." Hard to beat "When I was fourteen, I shot my best friend in the face and watched him die" as an opening sentence. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $22.00); "Autographed Copy" sticker on front panel. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003596
Synopsis: Kemp Powers was a good kid, an honors student, raised by a single mother in Brooklyn in the mid-1980s. Like many children, he lived in the sheltered world of his family and neighborhood. He was oblivious to the violence around him.
As a black teenager going to junior high in a white neighborhood, Kemp became acutely aware of the racial tension and violence bubbling up in New York (think Bernard Goetz and Howard Beach and crack cocaine). This, along with an adolescent interest in guns, changed Kemp's life forever.
In 1987, Kemp accidentally shot his best friend. His parents didn't press charges, and Kemp was forgiven by everyone, including the state of New York. But Kemp couldn't forgive himself. He thought about Henry every day and made a promise to never make a mistake again ? a promise a child naively made that the adult couldn't keep.
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