They would do their homework at the grocery store when customers were not at the counter. Her father prevented them from making friends with blacks and gentiles however Ruth secretly made friends with Frances, a Gentile with whom they hung out at school and at her home with secretly. Ruth also had a black boyfriend who was named Peter with whom she got pregnant with before running home after failing to be able to conceal the bulge any longer. She ran away to New York where she stayed with her aunt for the summer where her aunt Betsy helped her get an abortion and also got a job in a leather factory. Ruth converted to Christianity after moving to New York from Judaism which was pushed upon her by her parents which had made her resent religion at some point in life.
However, she became involved in church activities increasingly and eventually opened her own church Ruth’s mother as she narrates was crippled on her left side of her body but however was an exceptionally loyal wife to her husband and a great mother to her children in spite of her husband being cruel to the extent of mocking his wife in public for her disability. Ruth talks of her sister, Gladys whom she was always envious of since she never had to deal with the negative stigma associated with Jews like she underwent. She was the only of the siblings who was born in America. Ruth’s brother, Sam ran away from home at the age of fifteen having had enough of their father and he died while fighting in the Second World War. Here is where he met a black man named Andrew Dennis McBride whom she slowly begun caring for more and more and they eventually fell in love with each other, got married and she bore eight children with him. However, Andrew succumbed to lung cancer which caused his death after being hospitalized. He died just before the birth of his eight children, James McBride. Ruth had to deal with the responsibilities of raising eight children on her own but however got married to another black man by the name Hunter Jordan later on. She had four more children with him. James McBride was brought up alongside his eleven other siblings by a black stepfather and her mysterious mother whose past he came to know when he discovered for himself after going out. He at first lived in fear of his mother and followed her orders to the letter though however as he grew older, he became somewhat rebellious and opposed what his mother used to say. James was hard hit by his step father’s passing whereby he dabbled in drugs mostly marijuana and eventually his behaviors and grades plummeted and as a means of straightening him out, his mother sent him to live with a relative. He still goes on with this lifestyle but eventually rediscovers himself and goes back to his mother. James in order to have an easier emotional transition into his future life decides to look into his mother’s past secret and mysterious life since he had always been confused about his racial identity leading to him being outrageous and lacking commitment to anything he indulged in. His family however was supportive and helped to put him in check and he was then able to find music and activities which reformed his life, hence giving it a new purpose. James was assisted to achieve his musical career by David and