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Skin Deep Paperback – April 14, 2011
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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Now to the story: Nina was a complex character, with an interesting perspective on things. She was a beautiful, strong-willed, well-educated woman who came from a strong support system. Her "cross to bear" (if you call it that) is that in addition to her flawless beauty, she is a very fair skinned Black woman with blue eyes. Nina is aware of the special treatment and privileges she receives because of her fair skin, blue eyes, beautiful hair and body, etc. So much so, that she strives for equal opportunities and treatment for herself and others. Her father is a famous African-American musician. But her biological mother, who she knows is white, is a huge secret. A secret that she has spent years trying to find out about; even though she has a wonderful relationship with her Mama who raised her.
While on her crusade for equal minority relations and a MLK holiday at the college campus where she teaches and volunteers, she meets an interesting man named Ahmed and his beautiful daughter, Ebony. She is intrigued by Ahmed, who is totally rude and obnoxious towards her. And she instantly bonds with Ebony- who is desperate for stability and unconditional love, attention and guidance from a woman. The only problem is that Ahmed loathes Nina and what he feels that she is and she represents.
I won't give away anything additional, because I want you to read the book and follow their journey yourself. As other reviews have said, this is a complex but beautiful story. Even though Ms. Cross wrote it many years ago, I believe that the themes and sub-plots are still prevalent today. Outstanding job Ms. Cross! (It was so good that I purchased her second book before I was half way finished with this one.)
The underlying theme of judging the inside of a person rather than what is on the outside really hit home and I commend her for such a bold debut into the writing world. She boldy ventures into a world of black on black and white on black racism and is real with it.
I look forward to reading her future novels.
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This Book is being read by my book club totally worth the reading in 2 days...Read more