Your Corner Dark
American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.
Things can change in a second:
The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.
The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date, he’s in trouble.
The second his father gets shot, suddenly nothing else matters.
And the second Frankie joins his uncle’s gang in exchange for paying for his father’s medical bills, there’s no going back…or is there?
As Frankie does things he never thought he’d be capable of, he’s forced to confront the truth of the family and future he was born into—and the ones he wants to build for himself.
“The best way to describe Your Corner Dark, is to say it’s a stomach-knotter. It’s one of those tales that ties you up, turns you inside-out, wrings you like a wet cloth. Desmond Hall leaves us no choice but to root for Frankie Green, a young man in Jamaica doing everything he can to claw himself out of the bear trap of his environment, that has transformed him, not exactly into a bear, but definitely into more than just a good boy. Take note—Hall is a hurricane of a writer.”
Jason Reynolds, author of NYT bestseller Long Way Down
“What reader doesn’t die a little as we witness the journey of young Frankie in Your Corner Dark?—and yet we can’t look away. As a young man growing up in the part of Jamaica tourists never see, Frankie finds himself caught between his uncle’s violent successes and his own dreams of escape. And we yearn for the realization of those dreams with Frankie’s every step. Hall offers us a gripping work of cinematic vision, brimming with powerful images and high-octane moments. The book is difficult, lovely, and heart-rending—a story of great importance as well as a swan song for a once-beloved place.”
Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening and Bottomland
“A riveting, fiercely heartfelt and gutsy exploration of one boy’s determination to wrest control over his own life, on his own terms. Readers will find it impossible not to root for Frankie as he is confronted with one impossible choice after another. Your Corner Dark is a memorable and unmissable debut by an author to watch”
“The language and the dialogue and the sense of place are gorgeous.”
Hannu Rajaniemi, author of Summerland
“In Your Corner Dark, Hall has crafted a compelling and complex story exploring the ways that ambition and loyalty can trap us or free us. His powerful debut captivates us by showing not only what survival requires but, above all, what it means.”
Deni Ellis Béchard, author of Into the Sun