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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother | Study Guide

James McBride

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Overview

Author

James McBride

Year Published

1996

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Biography, Memoir

Perspective and Narrator

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother chronicles both James McBride's life growing up with his mother, Ruth, and Ruth's life as told in a series of interviews. Both James and Ruth serve as narrators in alternating chapters for most of the book, and their perspectives are first-person recollections.

Tense

The book is written principally in the past tense. The exceptions are lapses into the present tense when the narrator, James or Ruth, speaks about present opinions or situations at the time the book is being written.

About the Title

The Color of Water is a reference to a conversation James has with his mother, Ruth, about racial identity and God. Ruth is white, and James is biracial, as are her 11 other children. Ruth tells her son that God is no color, that he is the color of water and therefore has nothing whatsoever to do with race.

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