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Drawing on the issues surrounding skin tone and racial identity, the author serves up an insightful take on one woman's struggle to find romance and come to terms with the light-dark thing in this powerful debut novel. -- Emerge Magazine, January, 2000 Recommended Reading --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nina Moore never thought of herself as a white woman. Sure she was pale with eyes bluer than a windswept sky. But until her move from metropolitan Los Angeles to smalltown Glendale, Arizona, it didn't bother her when people perceived her as anything other than what she was: a proud black woman.

Now she is forced to face several painful truths: her colorstruck fiance is suffering from jungle fever; Ahmad, the handsome, intriguing, and recently released ex-convict and struggling single father won't give her the time of day; and a terrifying nightmare seems to be taking over her life. And a disturbing family secret that no one will talk about is threatening to unravel her identity -- an identity she is not prepared to live without.

Yet neither Nina nor Ahmad realize that the tumultuous circumstances that are forcing them together are about to unlock mysteries from the past -- which, in turn, can open doors to a future they never thought possible.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Blue Publishers (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976098806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976098805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,090,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nina Moore faces many of the same obstacles that many African-American women face. She's in a relationship that she believes has run its course. She's employed at a university who's just beginning to recognize the importance of African American's contribution to society and is having to fight tooth and nail to make sure the university commits to increasing opportunities for African American students and faculty. She comes from a loving family, of a jazz musician father, a loving mother and funny, bright brother. She is trying to strike balance in her life while continually reconciling with herself and to others the fact that she's not like all the other "sisters" because she is trapped in a white woman's skin.
Skin Deep explores the prejudices of both blacks and whites against African Americans who are on the lighter end of the color spectrum. Nina reveals these prejudices from her fiancé' Derrick who's with her because she looks white, Ahmad, who loathes her (in the beginning) because she looks white and the white administration she works with who promote her over her dark skinned best friend, because she's more palatable to their taste. However the question of color runs deepest for Nina who has a degree of self-loathing because she is so different from other "sisters". A recurring nightmare is a product of that fear but is also a key to the secret of who she really is. Her parents explained to her that she was the product of an affair that her father had with a white woman. But the truth comes out in dramatic fashion during a deathbed confessional.
Skin Deep is a slow read at the beginning. The reader may get the feeling that this is one of those typical black vs. white, light is right diatribes. However Cross skillfully weaves into the mix, how lies, drugs, the criminal justice system and racism can affect the dynamics of family life.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nina Moore is 100% sistah. However, to the world, she appears to be white despite the fact that 1/2 of her heritage is African American.
Nina wants acceptance and she struggles to find it.
The world questions her identity as an African American woman.
Her current man Derrick is color struck and she is haunted by
a recurring nightmare.
Nina meets Ahmad who has an imperfect past. He's now trying to make good by raising her daughter.
A slow deep friendship develops between Nina and Ahmad. They later take their friendship to the next level.
Nina's nightmare does not end until she discovers the truth about her past. A truth that will almost shatter Nina's world.
Skin Deep is a bold and sizzling romance novel. It delves not only into race relations, but also, intra-race relations within the African American community.
I would highly recommend this book.
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I certainly recommend this book to anyone curious about race relations within the very diverse African American race. Sometimes the prejudices we endure and project on others who share the same race, but happen to be lighter or darker is almost as bad as some of the experiences resulting in relationships with people of other races and cultures. This awesome read peels back the many layers, in a riveting storyline. Kudos to this author for giving us Nina, Ahmad, Tonya (a solid strong sista), Nat, Mama (Evelyn - a strong Black woman), Daddy Mitchell, Ebony, and Dud! I couldn't put the book down...definitely as MUST read! Thank you, Ms. Cross!
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This year, I came across a ... novel that was romantic, suspenseful and real, and had me crying at the end because it wrenched every emotion from you. That novel is Kathleen Cross' "Skin Deep". I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Cross..... and without a doubt, I have to say the author is just as real as her writing.
SKIN DEEP is the story of Nina Moore, an African American woman who up until her move to Arizona, never considered herself to be anything else BUT a black woman. Even with her pale skin and blue eyes, it didn't bother her when others mistook her for being white, but she soon realizes, through her fiancé (whose own past creates a need to be with someone "like" Nina), her need and want to find a true love (enter the ever sexy, yet recently released ex-convict, widower and single father, Ahmad) and the secrets that slowly leak from her past, that the most important things in life and love are truly SKIN DEEP.
This novel is a definite must-read for all readers, white and black. For romance readers, the sensuous scenes will leave you wanting an AHMAD, STAT! For suspense readers, the secrets that spill from Nina's past will definitely leave you spent! For realist, the racial identity issues (between blacks and whites, as well as blacks and blacks) will definitely leave you nodding your head in confirmation and shaking it in dismay.
Shonell Bacon....
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I truly enjoyed this book. It spoke volume. To many biracial children has no identity and the struggle that Nina went thru was surreal. This book took you to see both sides and strip away layers that are unspoken. It brings up the debate, Are white treated differently than blacks? Like for instance when the police officer pulled over Ahmad he was profiling him because he was black. You could feel that emotional tug, the Police Officer was very mean to Ahmad right In front of his five year old daughter. Now when Nina was pulled over by an officer she was treated rather fairly and she she was speeding The Officer spoke to her rather nicely and even gave her Direction to where she was speeding to. Nina is biracial but she looks more white than black so most people assumed that she is White. Ahmad and Nina's first encounter was not that easy,he was rude and thought that since she was "white" she was one of "them" having just encounter that__________ cop. She however proved to be a really nice person of than he can talk to and his daughter seems to take to Nina as well. This book broke down layers, It spoke of Volumes it took them to hidden places, and it open theirs eyes to the reality of both has come into. Ahmad and Nina both had many question and They answers that they got was something that they both handled very well. Can I say again I love this book. It has character development, a believable love story and the plot was outstanding. Ahmad story was surreal am sure there are many black men out there that was dealt a bad hand for the color of their skin. He went to jail came out and had to take care of a five year old daughter buried his wife and even as he endured this things he still wanted to be a better man and father.Read more ›
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