The Vanishing Half

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize 2021

    • 4.1 • 399 Ratings
    • £4.99
    • £4.99

Publisher Description

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP BESTSELLER
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE

'An utterly mesmerising novel..I absolutely loved this book' Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize 2019

'Epic' Kiley Reid, O, The Oprah Magazine

'Favourite book [of the] year' Issa Rae

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' 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
2 June
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown Book Group
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Trigoney305 ,

Interesting and heart warming

Good to see the life through the eyes of another ethnicity, getting to know the characters well and feel like you become involved in rheir life, a good read and I would recommend it to anyone!!!

Drewman Offe ,

Captivatingly memorable

Massive kudos to Britt Bennett for taking us through a whimsical journey with Stella & Desiree. I felt so engrossed and immersed into this storyline, that I couldn’t fathom putting it down for just a second!

I’d recommend this book to anyone looking to take their imagination on a wild course. A++

penwe ,

Confusing

I found this book interesting and a great read. Well written but so what confusing at times.

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