|Plot Summary of Skin Deep|
|"On the surface Nina Moore looks like a white woman, despite the fact that she is African American. Having moved from Los Angeles to Glendale, Arizona, Nina finds herself experiencing racial identity problems as she is constantly mistaken for white. When Nina can't seem to rid herself of frightening dreams she decides to seek help from a therapist, who advises her to delve into her past to resolve her current issues. Raised in a loving home by her father, Mitchell Moore, a famous jazz musician, and his wife, Evelyn, who is not Nina's biological mother, Nina has always been curious about her origins. Although the details are sketchy, Nina knows that her biological mother was a Caucasian woman who passed away when she was a toddler. The circumstances of her father's affair with her white mother have always been shrouded in secrecy, particularly since her father was married to Evelyn at the time he created Nina. As Nina searches for answers to her birth mother's identity and mysterious death, she crosses paths with Ahmad, a handsome single father who is trying to rebuild his life after being incarcerated for five years for murder. Ahmad himself is trying to deal with issues pertaining to being an African American male in a racist society and the tragic passing of his wife. As family secrets unravel, Nina is forced to rethink her identity.
Sandra Calhoune, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Skin Deep|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Inside culture (main char)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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