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Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. James McBride. Andre Braugher. Phoenix Books, Inc. Who was Ruth McBride Jordan? Not even her son knew the answer to that question until he embarked on a twelve-year journey that changed himself and his family forever.
The Color of Water. Plot Summary. Hunter Jordan Sr.
The Color of Water opens with the words of the narrator James's mother Ruth, who describes her early life with her family. Ruth explains that she has become, in her words, "dead" to her family as a result of her marriage to Andrew Dennis McBride, James's African-American father. Ruth describes her father, Tateh, the Yiddish word for father. Tateh was an Orthodox rabbi named Fishel Shilsky. Ruth says he was as "hard as a rock. Mamah never felt love or affection from Tateh. Mameh was mild and meek, in part as a result of polio, from which she suffered her entire life. This chapter is named after Ruth's habit of riding her bicycle through the all- black neighborhood in which James and his family lived. She began this habit after her second husband died of a stroke. Her second husband, Hunter Jordan, was father to four of Ruth's twelve children.