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Michael Jasper is fascinated with exploring the places where the normal meets the strange. In pursuit of this fascination, he has published nine novels, a story collection, and over six dozen short stories. He created and scripted the groundbreaking, nine-issue digital comic In Maps & Legends with artist Niki Smith. He also runs the publishing company UnWrecked Press.
Michael lives with his wife Elizabeth and their two amazing sons in North Carolina, where he's always working on one to three creative endeavors at the same time, which you can track at michaeljasper.net.
on April 13, 2011 :
This is a short vignette about a poor African-American family living down South who try to preserve a little joie de vivre in the face of threatening monotony and casual racism. The story is narrated by turns by Kanita, the little daughter, all brightness and speed; her depressed mother; her toothless grandmother, who tries to keep up morale by constantly making candy (an imaginative example of self-defeating behavior); and Bobby Ray, the developmentally delayed brother. Their house is being covered with siding by two young white men who seem to illustrate the downside of attempts at upward mobility in a racist system. Kanita disowns the siding, calling it “ugly,” and manages to hold onto her self-esteem. Beautifully written.
(reviewed long after purchase)