The Shooting: A Memoir

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From award-winning journalist Powers, a debut memoir considering a youth lost to a firearms accident.Misadventures involving "loaded guns, unsupervised, rambunctious teenage boys" still occur today ... Read full review


User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This slim memoir of a childhood trauma reads like the extended magazine piece that it is. When he was 14 years old, Powers was playing with his mother's handgun and, thinking that it was empty ... Read full review

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