What did Ruth's life consist of for the most part in the color of water
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One of the major themes in this novel is Ruth's struggles. Part of the novel describes Ruth's childhood Suffolk, Virginia. There she struggles with her Jewish identity under an abusive Jewish father. Ruth's struggles continue when she marries a black man. Ruth's struggles continue for much of her life as she raises bi-racial children with little money. Ruth must reconcile he children's identity conflicts as well as her own place in racially charged America.