The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings6 Ratings

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

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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 16, 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.

Ten 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’ story lines 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.

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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525536291
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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings6 Ratings
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  1. Chelsea Humphrey

    I’m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as “breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful” come to mind.

  2. karen

    i know it looks like i’m over here five-starring a lot of books in a row all of a sudden, but it’s not so much that i’ve lucked into a run of excellent reading choices

  3. Chelsea Humphrey

    I’m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as “breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful” come to mind.

  4. Angela M

    This is a thought provoking story and a few scenes were not easy to read. There’s racism here, a violent incident against a man, witnessed by his young twin daughters, and more trauma for one of the girls than we want to imagine

  5. marilyn

    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett features black twin sisters, whose skin is so light that they can pass for white. The sisters have always been close, almost like one person, even though they are so different, in personalities.

  6. Esil

    So well written and so interesting! I’ve never read anything by Britt Bennett but this won’t be my last. The story focuses on twin sisters, Desiree and Stella, and their daughters, Jude and Kennedy.

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