This starts out to be the story of twin sisters Desiree and Stella growing up in a small southern town that is under control of Jim Crow rules. They run away to escape the drudgery of the small town. In a short while Stella chooses a "white" life w/o her inseparable twin. Desiree tries to find her own way in life but eventually moves back home. The beginning to me, was the best part of the book. The second section is about the twins daughters, the turns in their lives seems a bit contrived to me, oh well. I certainly appreciate the unfair burden on black people and their struggles to assimilate in the greater society w/ acceptance. Bennett weaves an interesting novel about these struggles, bringing them vividly to life.