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#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 




“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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
June 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Richard Bakare ,

The Complexity of Identity

Brit Bennett has embedded a complex story about identity and all of its complexities, within what could easily be a great film or television drama. Challenging issues such as gender identity, race classification, individual aspirations, and the power of privilege; are spread across the same canvass like a Jackson Pollack painting. An entropy resembling organized chaos.

This time shifting and multiple perspective style of narrative, adds a layered richness to the story. The reader is shown multiple identities and journeys. The approach inherently challenges the reader to question each character more intensely. The confusion around what really defines identity is amplified by all of the disparate voices and their interconnected experiences.

The themes of repressed trauma and pride lurk everywhere. Every other page, you’re desperately hoping someone says something. Brit Bennett doesn’t make it easy, even when some events seem otherwise predictable. I see why this book shot to the top of so many 2020 must read lists. I can’t wait to see what she delivers next.

marob007 ,

Excellent

Lives up to the hype

dest185 ,

Great story, random ending

This story takes you through the experience of so many lives, it’s touching, it’s beautiful, it pulls on all the heartstrings. The ending however is anti-climactic and random compared to the entire story. Nonetheless, I fully understand why it was on every single best book list in 2020.

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