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Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

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by Laura Castoro

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Thea Morgan has never fit in. The light-skinned African-American is the recent widow of a white man. Now, she must face questions of race as she returns to her roots with her daughter-and begins to fall for her first love all over again...


Thea Morgan has never fit in. The light-skinned African-American is the recent widow of a white man. Now, she must face questions of race as she returns to her roots with her daughter-and begins to fall for her first love all over again...

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After years of marriage to her white college sweetheart, Thea Morgan, an African American so light that she is often taken for white, suddenly finds herself a widow, complete with a rebellious teenage daughter, a high-powered career to manage, and a host of demands from in-laws, family, and friends. And then her charismatic first love, a Seventies African American radical- turned-cleric, walks back into her life and turns her world upside down. Realistic, hard-hitting, yet wonderfully romantic, this sensitively written novel offers an insightful look at perceptions, taking ownership of one's heritage, and "being who you are." It will appeal across cultural lines to a wide variety of romance and women's fiction readers; fans of Sandra Kitt might be particularly interested. Castoro, herself a light-skinned African American, has written a number of books as Laura Parker and lives in Dallas. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Crossing the Line 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book, however it takes a while for the story to come together and unfold. Often the author writes what the character is thinking. This can be hard to follow if you are not following the quotes. It had a very interesting ending, however, I was very disappointed about David.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so wonderfully written, it really draws a reader into the story. You realize a book really is good when you feel so many different emotions when you read it. This book made me laugh one minute then cry in sympathy for the characters the next. I would recommend this book to anyone that is truly open minded about the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the subject matter but it takes the author too long to pull everything together. The first half of the book drags. Anyone interested in reading this, I recommend borrowing it if possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so good, my entire office has heard about it from me. I think Laura is an execellant writer and hope to see more from her in the future. I really recommend that you buy this book becasue it is worth reading over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dare you to read this book. Yes, CROSSING THE LINE is entertaining and Ms. Castoro¿s humor, phrasing and understanding of Southern living is on the mark, but this book will make you uncomfortable. Why? Because you will come face-to-face with your prejudice. Perhaps you are not as tolerant as you thought you are? Not to be confused with the ignorance of racism, this is strictly about comfort levels. How many times have you heard someone say, 'I¿m not prejudiced, but¿?' On the other hand, maybe you subscribe to the good-enough-to-hire-but-not-good-enough-to-marry philosophy when it comes to race, love and relationships. Maybe you are too PC and negate the issue of race to the point where you refuse to acknowledge it in a person thereby making them nonexistent. They have no race, no culture, and no identity. Thea Morgan has heard it all. Not only has she heard it, she is living it. Thea suffers with dignity the not-so-subtle snubs of being 'light, bright, and damn near white' in the black community, while in the white community she is PC¿d into non-existence by people who 'don¿t think of her as black.' She has, understandably, built walls about her for protection and she defends herself better than Tyson did with Lewis. She can give as good as she gets. Yet this does not mean she is any less vulnerable to the gut-wrenching blows life throws her way. Then there is Thea¿s daughter, Jesse. How does she come to terms being from a biracial home? Jesse is the quintessential teenager testing her boundaries against authority while trying to establish her own independence and identity. But how can you define yourself if you have to choose one heritage over another? What if others insist to do it for you? We may never know exactly how Halle Berry or Mariah Carey dealt with similar issues at Jesse¿s age, but here is an excellent basis for assumption. Finally, there is Reverend Xavier Thornton. He is, perhaps, the most charming but illuminating representation of a black man I have encountered in a book in a long time. Here is a man willing to take the responsibility for his actions without seeming like he is putting on a hair shirt or trying impress the ladies. This brother is genuine. 'We need to stop breaking our arms patting ourselves on the back' he says and the sermons he preaches in this book will make you do that. How will Thea reconcile her feelings about the past she shares with Xavier and allow herself to have a future with him? Has society¿s racial beliefs and expectations segregated them out of the right to be happy? This story is grounded in reality so while there may be this breathtaking romance, you are still reminded there are bills to pay, children to discipline and crises to overcome. This lovefest has a price. The characters in CROSSING THE LINE are real. These people are not perfect, they are not superheroes, but they possess amazing strength. Race or gender does not matter. This could be you or someone you know. The story is true but the names have been changed to protect the (not so) innocent. CROSSING THE LINE cannot be easily pigeonholed. The story transcends the color barrier and deserves to transcend the barrier of genre that most writers subject themselves to. This book is as hard to compartmentalize as it is hard to put down. CROSSING THE LINE is a novel about family, race, and faith but all of these issues revolve around one topic¿relationships. Write on, Ms. Castoro.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though successful at work, Theadora Morgan struggles with her personal relationships. Her almost sixteen year old daughter is giving her a hard time over trusting her with boys. Her Aunt Della is giving her a hard time over attending her sister¿s third wedding though Thea and Selma are far from being close to one another. Her white in-laws want their granddaughter raised Caucasian-American though their son is dead and Thea is half African-American.

Thea attends Selma¿s wedding where the worst yank occurs as she meets her first love African-American minister Xavier Thornton. Ignoring her deep feelings that still exist for Xavier, Thea tries to live up to the image that her extended family expects of her even though they pull her in different directions. However, Xavier refuses to drop out this time as he knows he loves Thea, but she harbors a secret that will probably end several of her relationships if it surfaces.

Laura Castoro provides more than just an enjoyable relationship drama as she digs deep into the issue of racial classification in a world that is increasingly rainbow-ethnic. The story line centers on Thea as the pivotal point with several spokes going from her to various other characters. Because the under siege Thea seems so real, fans will feel for her daily plight as everyone tries to paint her to fit their by the numbers portrait of her. In turn she makes the novel as she learns you can¿t please everyone so it is time to start with yourself. CROSSING THE LINE is a powerful contemporary relationship drama that showcases the abilities of a wonderful author.

Harriet Klausner