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W. E. B. DuBois wrote that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” But for Lily, a young girl spreading her wings in New York City, there were more important issues, such as finding the right haircut or the right guy. Lily finds herself swept up in the roiling fires of the Roaring Twenties, when society explored the parameters of race relations.
Lily: Riding the Color Line continues the story of a Jamaican family’s valiant emigration to America to ensure an education for their children. It’s The Roaring Twenties and the Buckley family has been arriving in the U.S. in increments. 
     Walter, whose Jamaican pig farm was renowned for its choice pork products, now works as a janitor (Basement apartment included.) Isabel, his beautiful wife, takes in wet-wash for the building’s tenants, daily yearning for Jamaica and her staff of servants. Lily, the eldest, (of five daughters) is so light-skinned she can pass for white.
     Lily craves what she sees all around her--beautiful clothes, the “look” of movie stars who bob their hair, the opportunity to dance in a chorus line of light-skinned young girls “passing” for white--rides the color line (tries to pass) whenever she can, but always with the shame that her younger sisters will find out. 
     When Lily runs away to find love, are the beautiful things given to her worth the anguish of separation from the loving family she desperately needs and who need her?

We eagerly look forward to the ongoing saga: how the five sisters grow up, how they use their hard-won educations to change their lives, sustained by their hardy Jamaican roots.
—Joan Kufrin, author, Uncommon Women; 
 Leo Burnett, Star Reacher

Lily: Riding the Color Line
Can be found at the following bookstore
ISBN: 978-0-9894967-5-9
Published by Book-broker Publishers in Port Charlotte, Florida
Pictures from the Lily book launch/signing party.
Photos courtesy of Peter Aratari.
Contact Naomi at: 1-845-702-6535 •  nisabelp@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 494316 • Port Charlotte, Florida 33949-4316
Copperfish Books
1205 Elizabeth St., Suite A, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Tel: 941-205-2560
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