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The King of Colored Town

The King of Colored Town

by Darryl Wimberley


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Winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction (2007)

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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ISBN-13: 9781612181257
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Pages: 353
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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 Barrett Raines, Special Agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement: A Rock and a Hard Place, Dead Man’s Bay, Strawman’s Hammock, and Pepperfish Keys. Wimberley has also garnered three feature-film credits. The screenplay for Kaleidoscope won Grand Prize Winner in a competition sponsored some years ago by Fade In magazine and is presently under option. The author and screenwriter resides with his family in Austin.

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