Moline reading planned for new Rock Island Line novel


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Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 2:45 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The Rock Island Line comes alive in a new novel, and excerpts of it will be read by the author at a free event at 2 p.m. Saturday at theRock Island County Historical Society, 822 11th Ave., Moline.

Author Michelle Dobbs will sign copies and read from her book, "The Rock Island Line: Conversations Over Chicken and Dumplings," published by Sugarfoot Publications.

The fictional but historically rooted African-American family saga comes from an old blues song and the eponymous railroad line that inspired it. Set in Rock Island, beginning in 1924, the Moore family story is told from the perspective of Lilly, a "willful daughter living a more or less idyllic life in the hard-working but prosperous Moore household," according to a synopsis.

Lilly is learning, in the heart of the Moore clan, the unique responsibilities they shoulder, both unwillingly and willingly for the good of the Rock Island Line that is her family legacy. "In finding peace with the settlers of the growing city and within herself, Lilly learns that love defies both color and class, and that families come in many packages," according to a description on amazon.com.

Ms. Dobbs' professional experience spans working as an educator, consultant, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. She lives in Milwaukee.

For more information, visit mmdobbs.com.



















 



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