Skin Deep

Skin Deep

by Kathleen Cross
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Biracial but white-looking, Nina Moore is the daughter of a rich and famous black musician and a deceased white woman no one in the family will talk about.

Burdened with secrets her father refuses to divulge, Nina finds that living as a black woman in white skin, she's attracting the wrong men, receiving privileges she didn't earn and running from a past she didn't create.

After dumping her colorstruck fiancé, Nina falls for Ahmad Jefferson, a sexy and intriguing ex-convict and single father who has no love for white folks and won't give her the time of day.

While Ahmad focuses on raising his young daughter alone, he makes it clear his friendship with Nina will never develop into anything more, and as he searches for a "real sista" to invite into his life, Nina uncovers a family secret that loosens her hold on everything that has ever held her upright.

2nd Edition. First edition published by Avon Books, New York, August 1999.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976098805
Publisher: William Blue Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Cross is a writer, educator and speaker who has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including Michael Baisden, Montel Williams, Dr. Phil and Oprah.

Ms. Cross is the author of Skin Deep, an award-winning novel exploring issues of race and ethnic identity, and Schooling Carmen, the story of an East L.A. high school counselor whose survival depends on her ability to embrace change.

Kathleen was named an expert by California Superior Courts on issues of race and cultural sensitivity, was featured in EBONY magazine in an article she wrote about the social complexities of multi-ethnic identity, and is included in Bruce Caine's photo-essay book, Our Common Ground: Portraits of Blacks Changing the Face of America, (Crown, 1994) for which she wrote the forward.

Kathleen and her four daughters reside in the Los Angeles area.

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Skin Deep 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read by Kathleen Cross; she created a dynamic story line that touched on everyone's unique experience in life. I thought it was wonderful how through all the assumptions there lied true love. It people are able to put past hurts aside they would never know who they will fall in love with.
luvmykids More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out. Couldn't put it down. I still have the book and every now and then I take it out and read it again. I am a White mother with multi-racial children, and I never realized what it was like for them living in a bi-racial world. Ms. Cross book really opened my eyes to the problems that confront bi-racial children. If my children were having problems they never let me know it. I was able to let the name-calling run off my back, and perhaps the kids did too. I only remember one occasion when one of my daughters came home crying one day. I asked her what was the matter. She said, Joey called me a half-breed. She being a white skinned blonde child couldn't understand why. I told her honestly, "Sweetheart--you are. You are half Black like your daddy, and half White like me." Once I explained it to her she had no more problems with it. Her answer to me was, "Oh--Okay."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skin Deep should be nominated for an NAACP Image Award for it's profound story of love, and understanding of life's struggles. I felt the characters Nina,and Ahmad. Shared their pain, understood their struggles and celebrated their truimph. If you don't read another book, please read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Cross has a winner of a novel in 'Skin Deep.' She has interwoven several great story lines, in depth characterization with some serious messages about racism. Kathleen Cross expertly characterizes all of the aspects of the racial divide - white on black - black on white - and especially black on black. Ms. Cross reveals the dynamics of black / black racism and brings out the skin color issue among blacks in a way that brings it home. The dynamics of being black with white coloring living in this society is as complicated as being black and looking black, with all of the confusing messages sent from parents, neighbors, television and society in general. I applaud Ms. Cross for tackling such a complicated subject and delivering her message in a sensational novel. I look forward to her future work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't pick this one up b/c once I read the title I thought it was one of those romance novels, but once I read the summary, I knew this book was for me. The chartacters are strong and the story is straightforward and it flows. At times it can double as a mystery b/c it just keeps you guessing until the very end. Cross successfully hides Nina's secret until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ordered the book to evaluate for my Book Club reading list. I plan on recommending it for our optional choice of reading for the year. I think Ms. Cross did a great job trying to cross the barriers of the skin color battle. I must say that she got me good with the twist at the end of the book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I purchased this book, I only bought it because it was written by a Black author. However, it was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. This book was so good, I passed it around to at least 15 people. Please Kathleen Cross, keep writing because you have my style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Unique topic.