I read Bennett's The Mothers and thought it was good, but this is far better. It's the story of the Vignes twins Desiree and Stella, who leave their tiny Louisiana hometown at 16. Desiree returns but Stella, like Desiree a very light-skinned black woman, "passes" and disappears into a white life. Even more than the twins, this is the story of Desiree's daughter Jude, a character Bennett draws with incredible delicacy and depth. This is a story about a family, about what can and can't be forgiven, about racism and colorism, and most especially about identity and what is sacrificed in the search for it. This is a literary and layered book, but it's also immensely readable with a compelling what-happens-next urgency to it. Highly recommended.

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