The King of Colored Town

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Toby, 2007 - Fiction - 353 pages
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There are good people and bad on both sides of the tracks that divide Laureate from 'Colored Town'. Our instruction in that hard truth comes as we follow two African-American teens, Cilla Handsom and Joe Billy King, as they endure the backlash resulting from the integration of their segregated school with the all-white school run by Lafayette County's all-white school board.
The issue of the education of Laureate's children will expose hatreds on both sides of the color divide. Cilla will emerge from her ordeal carrying scars and grace to become a widely traveled classical musician. Joe Billy will be found hanging from the bars of his cell in a Florida penitentiary. Their moving, intertwined dramas put courage, cowardice, loyalty and betrayal side by side in an eloquent, evocative narrative where the demons and angels of a time and place are portrayed in black and white.

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Wimberley's (Dead Man's Bay ) surprisingly affecting novel explores school integration in Florida in the 1960s through the eyes of tall, musically gifted Cilla Handsom, the black teenage daughter of ... Read full review

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A narrative that grabs you from the outset with a gritty reality...and doesn't let go. Dark twists and unexpected intersections. A page-turner for sure by an author with a keen ear for truths about the human animal.


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Darryl Wimberley has authored two critically acclaimed literary works, A Tinker's Damn and The King of Colored Town, along with the Gulf Coast noir series featuring Special Agent Barrett Raines: A Rock and Hard Place, Dead Man's Bay, Strawman's Hammock, and Pepperfish Keys.

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