This captivating novel spans the period of the 1960s – 1990s. Light skinned identical twin sisters, Desiree, and Stella, flee their rural hometown in Louisiana and become runaways at 16. They become estranged after their lives take different paths, each landing on a different side of the color spectrum. Desiree marries a dark-skinned man and eventually returns home after escaping a violent marriage with her young daughter who is also dark skinned. Stella, who lives her life in CA passing for white, also has a daughter. Fast forward several years and the two cousins eventually meet. Highly recommend this fascinating novel and what it reveals about identity and how it is shaped. Thought provoking and great storytelling!