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The Color of Water

James McBride

Book Basics

Title:

The Color of Water

Author:

James McBride

Published:

1995

Pages:

295

Genres:

Non-Fiction, Memoir

Synopsis

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, is the autobiography of James McBride first published in 1995; it is also a tribute to his mother. The chapters alternate between James McBride's descriptions of his early life and first-person accounts of his mother Ruth's life, mostly taking place before her son was born. McBride depicts the conflicting emotions that he endured as he struggled to discover who he truly was, as his mother narrates the hardships that she had to overcome as a white, Jewish woman who chose to marry a black man in 1942.

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