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The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

  • Release Date: 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
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From 2,835 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S Top Ten Books of the Year


LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick 


“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal 

A story of absolute, universal timelessness …For any era, it's an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it's piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be….” – Entertainment Weekly


From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

Reviews

  • beautiful story

    5
    By rachdro90
    this will tug at your heart and will leave you wishing for another novel as deep and well written as this is.
  • Enjoyable and engaging

    5
    By John Malino
    This poignant book was hard to put down.
  • Vanishing Half

    4
    By lover.of.music
    Great story. Beautifully written. The ending didn’t bring me closure like I would have liked.
  • Hard to connect

    2
    By cbaymiller
    I loved that this book addressed modern topics with a 1980’s spin. They’re important topics and they were refreshing to read from the point of view of black females. However, I spent the entire book trying to attach myself to the characters the way you do when you’re fully immersed in a story. There are no real main characters, so you don’t really spend a significant amount of time with any one person. The time frames are very distanced and scattered. It was just hard for me to connect to the story when it felt like I was reading from the back of an audience, as opposed to being on stage with them. You never really get that feeling of being ‘hooked’ on this novel, which is why I didn’t give it a higher rating
  • Beautifully written story

    5
    By ElectricChance
    This book is so well written and engaging I finished it in hours% Definitely recommend
  • Captivating Read. Nice book for Book Club Too.

    5
    By TLoLo75
    Definitely kept me wanting to read more. Looking forward to discussing this with my book club because the central characters are complex and there is so much to unravel.
  • Amazing

    5
    By hgfyuyuyu
    The story is dramatic but it still appeals to emotion
  • Stunning

    5
    By ChuckBass10
    Beautiful story of girls and how we grow up.
  • So well written!

    5
    By Momndas
    I could hardly put this book down! It was good from beginning to end. Such an amazing storyline and the characters were so real. Hope to read more from this talented author.
  • Fun and informative

    5
    By poohmom
    Well written. Not an expected ending but surprised when it ended.

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