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The Color Of Love

Updated on January 5, 2014

The Color Of Love, A Memoir By Gene Cheek

Reading The Color Of Love was an emotional experience for me perhaps due in part to the parallels I recognized from my own personal experiences with racism and interracial love. That said, I believe this book will stir emotions, sometimes previously unexplored emotions, in just about anyone who reads it.

The author, Gene Cheek, tells his heart breaking true story about growing up in the early 1960's in Winston Salem, NC.

Mr. Cheek weaves his story in the sweet, naive narrative of the young boy he was during that time. He reveals to us how painful it was to endure the rage and anger of an alcoholic father while endearing us to his loving grandmother and mother.

"It's the story of a boy. And it's written by the man he grew into."

~~The Fayetteville Observer~~

The Color Of Love - Author: Gene Cheek

The Color of Love: A Mother's Choice in the Jim Crow South
The Color of Love: A Mother's Choice in the Jim Crow South

A must read for anyone who has experienced conditional love from a family member.


The Story Of The Color Of Love

An Interracial Relationship In The Post Civil Rights South

His story tells of a time and place where hate, anger and fear of blacks and white mingling at any level brought out the absolute ugliest actions of people from all walks of life. He leads us deep into the grim poverty his family existed in, the repeated loss of hope felt each time his drunken father fell prey to his demons. We share the happiness his mother and he finally shared when his ever hopeful mother finally realized her husband would never move past his weakness and hate.

Then he introduces us to the wonderful, caring man his mother found true love with. A forbidden love to a black man and the series of events that were triggered resulting from this beautiful but culturally complex relationship.

This was Mr. Cheek's first book but it is written as if he was born with a pen in his hand. He convincingly conveys every emotion and sets each stage so we feel each heart breaking twist and turn of these first years of his young life. He writes in a way that makes the reader feel they are right there living each turn of events with him.

The Color Of Love is one of those books that closes the door to everything that surrounds me until I've absorbed that final captivating page. It is now permanently placed on my short list of treasured books of all time.

"An honest look at the pain caused by injustice."

~~Library Journal~~

About The Author

Gene describes himself as a blue-collar son of the South. He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 2, 1951. He spent the first twelve years of his life living in various parts of Winston-Salem. He presently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Text and photo courtesy of: Gene Cheek's Website

The best line ever:

"If you want to be happy in life, stay way from hate. It will eat you up inside. Hate hurts those who are hated but it destroys the one who hates."

Comment Left By Gene Cheek,

Author of "The Color of Love"

I am honored and humbled that my book somehow earned such a heartfelt review. My thanks to the author of the review and to all the other folks who contributed their thoughts to this discussion as well.

Peace, Gene Cheek

"The drama of the custody hearing is heart-wrenching, the outcome chilling."

~~The Winterset Madisonian~~

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens on an important book. Wish you the best.

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm going to finish the tome soon. I learned of it here. I am grateful for that, and I hope you recommend a few more. See you around the galaxy...

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      7 years ago

      That "Best Line Ever" is something I hope I always remember.

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      7 years ago

      thank you for this suggestion! shall read it real soon! cheers

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Oh!! ****Blessed****

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      When I buy this book, I will buy it from your lens!!

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      7 years ago

      Haven't read it yet but now that you did such a good review, I put this book on my wish list.

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      7 years ago

      Having read of yur pain and the hardships it caused this lens is another great one on a similar subject. Featured on Motivation

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      7 years ago

      It sounds like a very good book to read, and reflect on. Thank you for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for telling us about him

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      ronpass lm 

      8 years ago

      Shirl - an insightful lens. I happily shared it on Facebook and favorited it. I would love to hear more of your personal experience.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      8 years ago from Washington KS

      Wonderful review of a book that will never lose its impact. I often wonder why humans are so harsh and unconditional love and acceptance so rare.

      Thanks for visiting Beck's Love Lessons and leaving a comment.

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Our children of today should be encouraged to read such books, to remind us of how far our society has come in terms of racisim, thankyou for this review

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      8 years ago

      this is a book I will definately read now, thanks thanks and more thanks to you for writing such a wonderful lens

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      This was interesting....sounds like a book I would like to read. I will never forget my first experiences with racism, and am very happy my grandkids haven't experienced it "yet".

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: And now it's my turn to be honored and humbled by both your visit and kind words. Your book touched me deeply as well as inspired me to write about my story even more. Thank you for your visit. Shirl

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      8 years ago

      I am honored and humbled that my book somehow earned such a heartfelt review. My thanks to the author of the review and to all the other folks who contributed their thoughts to this discussion as well.

      Peace, Gene Cheek

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      8 years ago

      @myraggededge: Thanks for this blessing. This book has a special place in my heart so this blessing is extra special too!

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      8 years ago

      I love the way your love for this book shines through. More writing from you, please! Angel Blessed :-)

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Personally, I have never been able to understand racial prejudice. I don't care if a person is black, white, red, yellow or purple with blue spots. It just depends on how that person behaves. Color means nothing to me. I think this would be a good book to put on my reading list. Great, well written revue. 5*****

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      8 years ago

      You are a good writer yourself! Maybe I will get the book and read it. Five Stars

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      A wonderful, thoughtful review that really makes me want to read this book. It sounds compelling, particularly as it is a true-life story. Lensrolling to my True Life Family History Stories lens.


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