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The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

2020 . Fiction, Women, Coming Of Age, Literary . Brit Bennett

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES * THE WASHINGTON POST * NPR * PEOPLE * TIME MAGAZINE* VANITY FAIR * GLAMOUR  2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FINALIST “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.

Year:

2020

Language:

English

Publisher:

Penguin

Pages:

352

ISBN:

0525536299 (ISBN13: 9780525536291)

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Reviews

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Ayane Ricart Taniguchi

5 months ago

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I love how much humanity and representation there is in this story and how all these feelings are described. I knew I wanted to read it as I read the abstract. This novel is great once you get to know each character and you can’t put the book down. At first for me it was a bit hard to follow since English isn’t my mother tongue, but from the 50th page on, it was alright.

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9 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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Tony Lashley

1 year 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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Annie Hickman

2 years 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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Charlotte Barron

6 months ago

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The story of this book is great, very important and interesting and had me really intrigued. I was not a fan of the writing style though. It dragged in some parts and didn’t dive into the characters or their development as much as it could have. I felt myself longing for more throughout… It has potential for more I think!

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Lola-Rose Boxley

7 months ago

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I don’t usually read books like this as I stick to the side of romance or thrillers however I was pleasantly surprised. It really was eye opening and explained things incredibly well.

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9 months ago

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Bennett (The Mothers) explores a Louisiana family’s navigation of race, from the Jim Crow era through the 1980s, in this impressive work. The Vignes twins, Desiree and Stella, were born and raised in Mallard, La., the slave-born founder of which imagined a town with “each generation lighter than the one before.” In the early 1940s, when the twins are little, they witness their father’s lynching, and as they come of age, they harbor ambitions to get out. Desiree, the more headstrong sister, leads Stella to New Orleans when they are 16, and after a few months, the quiet, studious Stella, who once dreamt of enrolling in an HBCU, disappears one night. In 1968, 14 years later, still with no word from Stella, Desiree is back in Mallard with her eight-year-old daughter, Jude, having left her abusive ex-husband. When Jude is older, she makes her own escape from Mallard to attend college in Los Angeles. At a party, Jude glimpses a woman who looks exactly like Desiree—except she couldn’t be, because this woman is white. Eventually, the Vignes twins reunite, reckoning with the decisions that have shaped their lives. Effortlessly switching between the voices of Desiree, Stella, and their daughters, Bennett renders her characters and their struggles with great compassion, and explores the complicated state of mind that Stella finds herself in while passing as white. This prodigious follow-up surpasses Bennett’s formidable debut.

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Haya 41

11 months ago

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one of the best books i ever read you will not be able to put it down

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Cristin Pacifico

1 year 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

1 year 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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Cailin Cowley

1 year ago

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

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Melinda Andrade

2 years 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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Garima Chopra

1 year ago

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Without a doubt, an all time fav!

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Jannine Jackson

1 year ago

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Beautiful story about race, class and perception

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