The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

  • Release Date - Published: 2020-06-02
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Author: Brit Bennett
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 6,118 Ratings)

The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett read online review & book description:

#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.

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  • Amazing read

    5
    By Mrskamiyama
    This beautiful book reflected the history of my Creole family. I saw myself in both characters.
  • Great book!

    5
    By Meilani Young
    Loved this book!
  • Finished in one sitting

    5
    By Kimber.garc
    I finished reading this amazing book in one sitting. Or what felt like one sitting because I could not put it down. Been a while since a book had tugged at my heartstrings as much as this one did. Pain and love. I couldn’t believe I had reached the ending when I did. I can’t wait to reread this one day in the future.
  • Read it in 5 days

    5
    By Kmaji74
    Great book!! You won't regret it.
  • I want more

    5
    By SG23457
    I wish the ending was a bit more detailed with more closure
  • Couldn’t put it down

    5
    By Jezagerm31!!!
    A beautiful yet complicated story. I loved every confusing emotion it brought up.
  • Love it

    5
    By Darlene231
    Beautiful story. It was just a bittersweet ending. Love the intersection and individuality of all the characters. I would’ve love to see the unavailing of all the secrets.
  • The Vanishing Half

    5
    By Angie from Indiana
    This was a great book, I loved the characters and the way the stories weaved around each other.
  • Really Good Read!

    5
    By lady's muva
    couldn’t put the book down. after reading through half the first day of reading, i had to force myself to put it down to slow done the destination to the final page haha.
  • Smart

    5
    By Soni Zutshi
    An emotionally intelligent book

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