Publisher description for Seeking Salamanca Mitchell : a novel / Kenji Jasper.

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Benjamin Baker knew love for the second time when his eyes met Salamanca Mitchell’s. The first came at age eleven, when he sat down at a piano to play his first original composition. But both of those loves are nearly destroyed when he goes to work for Alfonse Mitchell, Salamanca’s father and a prominent face amongst D.C.’s most powerful.

Seduced by the lure of easy money, Ben joins Alfonse’s den of thieves, only to earn seven years in prison when the burglary ring falls apart. What he is left with, while his singing group goes on to stardom, and while Salamanca struggles to raise Ben’s daughter while on the run from her own father, is his dream of a waiting family just beyond prison’s doors. But the road to that reality is littered with obstacles. Ben and Salamanca must each travel different roads to get back to each other, fighting against their own fears and Alfonse Mitchell, their greatest enemy of all.

Told in gritty, poetic prose, Seeking Salamanca Mitchell follows two hearts through trials and hope and all that comes in-between them. It is a thrilling story of love and danger that cements Kenji Jasper’s reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: African American men Fiction, Adult child abuse victims Fiction, Washington (D, C, ) Fiction, Single mothers Fiction, Ex-convicts Fiction, Criminals Fiction