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The Color of Water Summary
James McBride (writer)

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The Color of Water Summary

Plot Summary

The eighth of twelve children, James McBride grows up in a chaotic but loving home. Unlike his friends, James doesn't look like his mother. His mother is a Polish Jew who was raised mostly in Virginia. She marries a black man and spends the majority of her adult life in New York City where people are a little more tolerant of her inter-racial marriage and children.

James's father dies of lung cancer before he is born, but his mother remarries another kind-hearted black man who chooses not to live with them during the week for the sake of his sanity. Most of the time, therefore, it's just Ruth and her many children, trying to make ends meet.

The book is written from two points of view: that of James and that of Ruth. Ruth's words are written in italics, framed as answers to interview questions posed by her...

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