The Vanishing Half

I really enjoyed The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. I recalled not loving The Mothers, her debut, but when I went back to link to that post, I discovered I, in fact, did like it. My review was rather lukewarm, however. The Vanishing Half, on the other hand, was GREAT! It was a fascinating story of twin sisters, one who chose to live as Black and one who passed as white. I think Amazon does a great job of a synopsis: “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 passingLooking 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.” I agree with this review 100% and suggest you grab this one – it’s a great read!

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