About The Book: 90 Percent

About The Book: 90 Percent



Jasper Beamon, a recently retired CEO receives an ominous e-mail from his past lover that she is about to publish a tell-all book about their relationship. Suffering from Post Traumatic Slave Disorder, Jasper is plummeted into a neurotic tailspin–Forced to examine his life. But will he?

Post Traumatic Slave Disorder as identified by Dr, Joy De Gruy and Dr. Frances Welsing, is a psychological disorder developed as a result of slavery. A disorder passed down from generation to generation that is exacerbated by racism and white supremacy particularly under the Trump Regime.

Jasper’s journey begins on the hot and humid tobacco fields of North Carolina to bloody sands of Vietnam to the often violent ant-apartheid South Africa.



90 Percent:A Memoir of My Demise and Rise is humorous, historical, scandalous, political, passionate and timely.

“With a voice that places her readers into a dream-like world, Kathryn L. Harris, has written a remarkable literary novel told in the first person,”

-Martha Bowman, Senior Editor Dupree/Miller and Associates.


I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book.

The whole idea of having a ‘Character’ named Jimmy Mack is something few writers would think of.

Jimmy Mack is the voice of reason, humor, and the balance that keeps the action moving forward.  (Also the balance that Jasper needs and ultimately does not heed.

The progression is flawlessly….

Jasper’s trails and tribulations (mostly) brought on by himself) is a perfect vehicle to highlight the hypocrisy of the church going god fearing and money hunger individuals (as personified in Deacon Anderson).  Money (or the love thereof) is indeed the root of all evil and Jasper falls victim to his own selfishness.  Wonderful.

Above all, those readers who haven’t had a chance to visit the motherland will especially enjoy the important information you provided regarding South Africa’s apartheid government and the nooses signifying the number of martyrs who gave their lives for the cause.  The safaris, the dance rituals, and the food were all brought to life through Jasper’s eyes.

– Grace Edwards, former President of the Harlem Writers’ Guild


A retired African American, the protagonist, (who has settled with an abusive, demanding wife reader thinks)  recently reads a text message sent (from his past true love and “soul mate,” that she has written a soon to be book about their past relationship which sends the protagonist into a neurotic tailspin to such an intensity that, finally, he must take a honest look at his life, but will he?

I truly fell in love with  the protagonist, Jasper Beamon. It is funny. It is insightful.  It is Literary.  There are superb metaphors.  The protagonist is fantastic.  There is great inner dialogue.  There are precise insights about his two companions, his dog, and a certain part of his body,  at just he right time, two major dramatic questions arose in my mind. Why is the protagonist upset about this book?  Is the protagonist insane or just losing it slowly?” this kept me reading on.

….This work reflects a remarkably written character exposition skillfully written in the first person point of view.  The writer keeps the reader in a dream-like state. This work begins at the right time-just before the beginning of a possible and much needed transformation through self examination with a past lover.

I know that this author is a true emerging talent.  This story has great potential as a fine African American Literary work of fiction.

-Martha Bowman, Senior Editor/Consultant at Dupree/Miller Associates


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