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James McBride: The Color of Water

Memoir, 256 pp. 1995

Ruth McBride Jordan narrates the hardships she overcame as a Polish Jewish immigrant in rural Virginia who chose to marry a black man in 1942 and convert to Christianity. Her account is interspersed in alternating chapters with her son’s struggle to discover his mother’s past and develop his own identity.

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Kirkus Review

Reviewby H. Jack Geiger, New York Times, March 31, 1996

John Bersia interviews James McBride, Global Perspectives, May 16, 2012 (15 min. video)