As a boy in Brooklyn, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked her about it, she'd simply say, 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said, 'God is the color of water'...As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church and put twelve children through college. THE COLOR OF WATER is James McBride's tribute to his remarkable, eccentric, determined mother - and an eloquent exploration of what family means.
James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the New York Times bestseller, THE COLOR OF WATER. His second book, MIRACLE AT ST ANNA, was optioned for film in 2007 by Black Butterfly Productions with noted American filmmaker Spike Lee directing and co-producing. His next novel, SONG YET SUNG, will be published in 2008. McBride has written for the Washington Post, People, the Boston Globe, Essence, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. He is a graduate of Oberlin College. He was awarded a masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University at the age of twenty-two. McBride holds several honorary doctorates and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. McBride lives in Pennsylvania and New York. Previous titles: Song Yet Sung (TPB Mar 08); Miracle at St Anna; The Color of Water