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The Vanishing Half

2020 . Fiction, Historical Fiction, Psychology . Brit Bennett

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Everyone

About the book

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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 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.

Year:

2020

Language:

English

Pages:

343

Reviews

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Cristin Pacifico

1 day ago

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Disappointed after hearing rave reviews - I thought this had more potential for character development. That said, the premise is both timely and fascinating.

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Rickie Retchin Straarup

2 months ago

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Interesting story of black twin girls who grow up in a Louisianna town. In their late teens their lives take different paths. The story covers subjects as love, family, choices and secrets. They each have a daughter and I found it very thought provoking how their daughter's personalities develop by the mere consequence of how their mothers make their choices.

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Jannine Jackson

3 months ago

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Beautiful story about race, class and perception

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Tony Lashley

4 months ago

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Masterfully crafted book that will almost surely be a movie in 2022 or 2023 with its incredibly vivid imagery

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Cailin Cowley

4 months ago

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Great read that dives into what it’s like to be a Black woman.

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Annie Hickman

4 months ago

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I really enjoyed this book - it was not what I expected at all! Thoughtful exploration of identity, wrapped in a compelling plot.

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Melinda Andrade

4 months ago

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From all the hype, I was really excited about this one. It fell short of what I think it could have been.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

6 months ago

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The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.

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