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The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

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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. 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' 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."--Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
ISBN: 9780525536291
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 24 cm


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A stunning novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

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Jun 09, 2021

After all the positive comments about this book, I wondered if I would join the "Love It" team or the "Meh" team, but you can see from the five stars which team I'm on. Yes, I thought it was 5-stars amazing! The story is compelling, the plot creative, the characters believable and the writing first rate. Author Brit Bennett cleverly works the motifs of "vanishing" and "halves" throughout the novel, not only with the twin sisters, but also through other characters as she explores the themes of race, gender, and identity. I especially appreciated the way Bennett threw in surprise twists every so often. This was not a predictable story, and it's one that will stay with me. I don't want to give anything away, so I encourage you to read it.

May 12, 2021

Beautifully written. Elegant. Pleasant to read. A real page turner which is saying something for a non-suspense kind of book. Eye-opening, too. Covers some of the current gender-bender issues, in a very sensitive and subtle way. Not to mention many facets of race.


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