A Half-Century After Boston’sBusing Crisis, A Look Back AtA Colorblind Friendship AmidRacial

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About Michael Patrick Murphy – Michael Patrick Murphy was born south of Boston and comes from a
family with strong native ties to South Boston. He spent ten years getting an education on Morrissey
Boulevard — his high school and college years lived out in and around the areas of Dorchester, South
Boston, and Boston. Inspired by stories his grandmother told him of the city’s history, and of his great-
grandfather, Boston City Councillor Michael Mahoney, Murphy originally wrote Neighborhood Lines
while in college. This timely heartfelt novel captures the unique atmosphere of the late 1980s and early
1990s in Boston, when the aftershocks of court-ordered busing to public schools lingered on, integration
of the all-white housing projects had begun, and the murder rate had reached record-breaking figures.
Murphy's hope in writing the novel is that it be used as a tool to open dialogue about race, class and the
common ground that can be achieved by working together to solve conflicts. Murphy owns a Union
Electrical / Security /IT /Audio visual company in downtown Boston with 160 Union employees. He also
owns a health and wellness business called @zendengroup www.Zendenmedical.com
Murphy is writing the second book on the journey of the Neighborhood Lines two main characters Patrick
and Nate. Murphy has lived in the Boston area his entire life with his wife and two children.

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