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The Color of Lies
by Donna Meredith

Published: 2011-10-15
Paperback : 294 pages
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Forty-year-old widow Molly Culpepper believes her hometown is a place of harmony and white picket fences--until a colleague chalks a racial slur on the blackboard during Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In the uproar that follows, a citizens' group files a lawsuit alleging discrimination ...
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Forty-year-old widow Molly Culpepper believes her hometown is a place of harmony and white picket fences--until a colleague chalks a racial slur on the blackboard during Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In the uproar that follows, a citizens' group files a lawsuit alleging discrimination against the high school where Molly teaches. To address the lawsuit's concerns over academic weaknesses, Molly joins forces with a black minister to plan curriculum improvements and a fundraiser for equipment upgrades. The town's racial divide becomes personal when Molly clashes with a new black student, J.D. Marshall. His rough language and lack of control disrupt Molly's classroom, but she is determined to find a way to reach him. Gradually, both Molly and J.D. discover their families have a tangled history involving violence, charity, and misunderstanding. The serious themes of the novel are lightened by Molly's witty voice and the dark humor that stems from the effects of the Great Recession. In addition to problems at work, Molly struggles to raise two boys on her own, to keep her alcoholic father out of trouble, and to find time for romance.

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Check out the actual news story of the racist incident that happened in a Marianna, FL, school during the 2008 Presidential campaign!
by KeaKiya (see profile) 05/23/12

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  "Relevant to TODAY"by KeaKiya (see profile) 05/23/12

Addresses issues we wish (or pretend) no longer existed. Excellent use of main character and her search for understanding of her own personal and family challenges as a lens through which to... (read more)

 
  "The Color of Lies"by bettyserow (see profile) 05/22/12

This book is a great read, and deals in a thought-proviking matter with the subjects of prejudice - both racial and gender - and the nature of truth. The characters are convincingly drawn, interesting,... (read more)

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