“[A] thoroughly entertaining account of a CIA family’s nomadic lifestyle. Few living in the U.S. will ever encounter the unique trials and tribulations of the McCloy family, but what a fascinating read it is!”–ALAN B. TRABUE, CIA (Ret.), author of A Life of Lies and Spies

How we started

In January, 2016, Lillian McCloy celebrated her 90th birthday. For this momentous occasion, her daughter Johanna McCloy presented her with the following gift: she would transcribe, edit, and publish the memoir that Lillian drafted on her Selectric typewriter over 25 years ago.

A top literary agency in New York represented Lillian’s manuscript in the early 1990s, when online book retailers and ebooks were barely in existence, and memoir was not the popular genre that it is today. Lillian also wrote her original manuscript under a pseudonym. Publishers enjoyed the book, but weren’t sure about how best to market it, so they declined to take it on. Her manuscript was eventually boxed and put away.

Johanna McCloy created Bordertown Publishing and published Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant in July, 2016. With very limited exposure, Lillian McCloy’s memoir garnered prominent author blurbs and rave reader reviews. The book has sold more copies in every subsequent year.

What’s next for Bordertown Publishing?

New book publications are currently under consideration. Stay tuned! Also, more continues to happen surrounding Lillian McCloy’s book. Please subscribe to receive occasional email updates from Johanna.

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