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  • Keywords
    • Colonialism,
    • Decolonial Fiction,
    • Congo,
    • Central Africa,
    • Interracial Romance,
    • Biracial Protagonist,
    • Global Travel

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Lily's Story
From the Congo
by Charles Thomas

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), inhuman conditions within its vast mining industry, and endemic corruption at the highest levels of government are hardly uncommon. But when native son, Jean Amani, rises to the role of minister of mines in the mineral rich Katanga province, he vows to advocate for workers’ rights and expose the industry’s unscrupulous dealings. Jean’s investigations are quickly curtailed when he dies in a car crash. It’s just another soon-forgotten tragedy in this region of the world. But not to Lily, Jean’s daughter with his wife, Laura, a descendent of the Janssens, one of the region’s founding Belgian families. To cope with her grief, Lily enrols in journalism school in Montreal, Canada, where she befriends André Fortin, a freelance photojournalist, and Logan Taylor, scion of the Taylor Media Group. The trio teams up to make a documentary about the mining industry in the DRC. Lily’s sole motivation, however, is uncovering what truly happened to her father. Lily’s Story is a tale about romance and power, one reveals the profound injustices often suffered by citizens in resource-rich African countries.

"...Lily’s Story is a novel in which a young woman investigates her father’s death, hoping to secure justice for her family. Lily’s search is complemented by a rich overview of the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from its days under Belgian colonization through to its independence. Lily is rendered an embodiment of that history, and her assertion of her mixed identity is palpable throughout the story." ─Foreword Clarion Reviews "Lily's Story weaves another skillfully crafted tale of filial devotion, unabashed healthy romantic love, business intrigues and manipulation, and crushed but not destroyed youthful idealism. Its fast-paced meta-narrative takes one into the enclaves of the elite and the not-so-elite denizens of the Dominican Republic of Congo and its erstwhile colonizer (Belgium) and the vibrant bilingual city of Montreal. Truly, Thomas is Canada's new sprig in tis cluster of talented writers. He is radical, bold in writing how the Family of Man, in our current period in history, is taking baby-steps to rectify inequality in the realm of race, gender, employment, and leadership. My choice for a gripping summer read." ─Ding G "Lily’s Story takes place primarily in western Africa and the Canadian city of Montreal. The history and culture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from its days of colonization and independence inform the activities of the mining business and the character development of individuals within this story. Lily sets out, through journalism, to uncover what was behind her father’s sudden death and in doing so unearths unjust conditions within the mining industry finding herself and those around her immersed in manipulation and danger. Through Lily’s story, the author presents an interesting read bringing awareness to injustices, corruption and exploitation that exist in the world." ​─Gordon S

CHARLES THOMAS is a Canadian author, who presents Lily’s Story as his second fictional novel, after his debut Farah’s Pilot. His underlying objective of bringing awareness to some of the many injustices and unfair practices that plague our world, is undertaken with the primary goal of providing his readers with the most entertaining and engaging stories. He is a graduate of Western University in London, Ontario, where he majored in English literature.


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