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Reviewed in Australia on 8 January 2021
While the all-pervading racial biases of America in the 1950s and 1960s underpin this competently written novel, it is also a story about identity. The narrative centres on twin, light-skinned girls of Negro ancestry who live in a world where white is better than brown is better than black, even amongst their own mixed-race community. While one of the twins accepts her origins, the other rejects all vestiges of her past and passes herself off as a white woman, albeit one living in constant fear of being ‘found out’. Through the stories of the twins and other characters in the novel, the author seems to ask whether identity is intrinsic and immutable or whether it is really just construct, able to be re-fashioned at will. It was an enjoyable, thought-provoking read.
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