“That afternoon, she sat in the multipurpose room at Brentwood Academy, slowly t…

“That afternoon, she sat in the multipurpose room at Brentwood Academy, slowly trailing her celery sticks through ranch.” 💙

This book is about twin sisters who grew up in the small, southern Black community of Mallard, Louisiana that is so small that it isn’t even on most maps. Both twins move away from the town but one twin chooses to pass as white and one twin does not. There are layers upon layers in this book and it examines the consequences (both internal and external) that occur from the decision to pass as white. Stella Vignes is a complicated character with a complicated life. And there are definitely sacrifices that are made with her decision to pass. I felt compassion towards Stella and I think I could understand the motivations for her decisions. Without adding any spoilers, this book is set between the 1950s and 1990s so there is a lot of racial tensions during the time that Stella Vignes is making these life changing decisions. This book tackles race, racism and identity but also has so much more…. it’s also a story about family, love and forgiveness. I don’t want to add any more spoilers but there is just so much packed beautifully into this story. The characters are so vivid and complex – it’s such beautiful writing. I haven’t read The Mothers yet but it’s definitely high on my list now!
Thank you to this_is_edelweiss and riverheadbooks for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book. 💙



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