New Novel Shows Evolution of Race Relations in the Deep South

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Author Sherlyn B. Bailey portrays the coming of age two children of different races in ‘Protect the Butterflies’.

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Trust and love come easily when truth is woven into the fabric of understanding

Inspired by the stories told to her by her family members, author Sherylyn B. Bailey explores the sensitive topic of race relations in America, particularly in the Deep South, with her novel. “Protect the Butterflies” (published by Xlibris) depicts two children from different families – Caucasian and African-American - who meet, discuss thought provoking topics and search for answers while the people around them struggle to get along.

The story is set in Sanson, Mississippi, a fictitious Southern town that exists like an ostrich by burying its head in the sand and escaping the tumultuous events of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. In Sanson, people who live in Southside do not mix with those in Northside, unless it is unavoidable – the circumstances of the past, present and future are ignored. In this setting, readers will follow young Elizabeth Morris and Joseph Sans as they grow and mature on their journey to adulthood, with their friendship evolving as well. Through them, the differences between their families are explored, as well as their intrinsic commonalities.

“Trust and love come easily when truth is woven into the fabric of understanding,” says Bailey. With her narrative, she shows how communication can bring about this love and understanding. She likens her book to a teaching tool that shows “how the different races thought about things and utilize historical notes to teach the readers about some of the historical figures, colleges and events mentioned in the book.”

“Protect the Butterflies”
By Sherylyn B. Bailey, J.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 153 pages | ISBN 9781493147861
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 153 pages | ISBN 9781493147854
E-Book | 153 pages | ISBN 9781493147878
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author
Sherylyn Bouldin Bailey, JD earned a Juris Doctorate from Walter F. George School of Law affiliated with Mercer University in Macon, Ga. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Brooklyn College and a Master of Arts in Education from New York University. She has been teaching Social Studies and Law for seventeen years. Recently, she became the dean of students at the Police Officer Rocco Laurie School in Staten Island, N.Y.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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