From the New York Times bestselling author of Deacon King Kong and The Good Lord Bird winner of the National Book Award for Fiction: The modern classic that Oprah.com calls one of the best memoirs of a generation and that launched James McBride's literary career. More than two years on The New York Times bestseller list. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared light-skinned woman evasive about her ethnicity yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride journalist musician and son explores his mother's past as well as his own upbringing and heritage in a poignant and powerful debut The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother.