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In March of 1997, after my grandfather had past, we arrived in Jamaica Queens, New York and the first night there, I slept soundly in the basement on this pillow, with his blanket (brown with tiger, not sure whether it’s from Cuba) and the knit blanket that my Mother has made, and had recently sent him. I treasure these items, and if lucky enough, will pass them to my progeny.

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.