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The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half 2

A Novel

by Brit Bennett
Paperback
Publication Date: 09/06/2020
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Dialogue's super lead for 2020. From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who 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. 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.

ISBN:
9780349701455
9780349701455
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
09-06-2020
Publisher:
Dialogue Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
230x152x25mm
Weight:
0.43kg
Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.

Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. She is one of the National Book Foundation's 2016 5 Under 35 honorees.

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  • The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

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    This story begins in 1950's. Twins Desiree and Stella live in the town of "Mallard" which is home to light skinned black people. Desiree and Stella are admired due to the light colour of their skin. At the age of 16 they both decide to leave Mallard and head to New Orleans. Stella leaves her sister once she realises she can pass as white. Desiree however, returns to Mallard with her child after fleeing a violent marriage.

    This story is about race, identity and tracks the lives of both sisters which spans decades.

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    Lives up to the positive reviews on goodreads!