The Color of Water

by

James McBride

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Ruth’s Bicycle

James sees Ruth’s bicycle as “typif[ing] her whole existence.” Ruth marches to the beat of her own drummer, and doesn’t care what people will think of her — a white middle-aged woman riding a…

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The Boy in the Mirror

As a child, James creates an imaginary world for himself. Instead of looking into a mirror and seeing his reflection as himself, he imagines that the boy looking back at him is a happier, freer…

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