The Color of Water

why does james quit his job at the newspaper (The Boston globe)?

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In November of 1982, James experienced an identity crisis that manifested in his career. He bounced from one reporting job to another, and became intensely frustrated with his mother: "It had gotten to the point where I didn't see why she made such a secret of it." Thus, he quit his job to focus on learning his mother's story. This was the beginning of his writing project, The Color of Water.