The Color of Lies by Donna Meredith
Forty-year-old widow Molly Culpepper believes her hometown, Alderson, Georgia, is a place of harmony, of white picket fences and harmless gossip passed along at church and the general store—until a fellow teacher chalks a racial slur on the blackboard during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
The action begins on page one of The Color of Lies and doesn’t stop until the final words. In the aftermath of the racial slur, 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.
Molly Culpepper’s self-effacing humor shines through as she juggles her roles as a widowed mother, daughter, and dedicated instructor, all while dealing with a dangerous, growing rift in her community.
Donna Meredith’s respect and love for her characters resonates as she spins this story of small town webs of connections that transcend color. The novel won first place for unpublished women’s fiction from the Florida Writers Association in 2010. Donna won the same award for her first novel, The Glass Madonna, in 2009.
Find out more about Donna and her writing at www.donnameredith.com.
Praise for The Color of Lies
The best novel about the complications of contemporary race relations in the South I’ve ever read. I was immediately hooked by Meredith’s oh-so-accurate depiction of a small Georgia town and her story of a vulnerable, heroic high school teacher trying to stay afloat in a flood of racial tension and family trials. I love The Color of Lies. It’s funny, wise, heartbreaking and unputdownable.”
-Elizabeth Stuckey-French, creative writing professor, Florida State University, author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady
“The Color of Lies is billed as fictional, but as a ‘seasoned’ African American woman, I found myself in a period of personal reflection . . . painfully real and far from fictional. I lived the ‘Black and Blue Day’ sort of experience in my state’s capital city. The book is a marvelous read, and it contains enough fictional reality to stimulate those who want to work to make things better for all mankind.”
-Freddie Groomes-McLendon, Ph.D., Retired administrator, Florida State University, author of The Marginal Difference