The Vanishing Half

She hadn’t realized how long it takes to become somebody else, or how lonely it can be living in a world not meant for you.

— Brit Bennett

Synopsis:

“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?” – Riverhead Books

Review:

A powerful look into the history of passing, and the fallout of that choice on the person as well as their family. Relevant, heart-wrenching, and heavy, this is a strong and complex work that deserves a read. Brit Bennett is a powerhouse and can weave a complicated story around simple matters such as family bonds, while incorporating other aspects like race, gender identity, love, forgiveness, and devotion. This story took me a long time to get through, as I felt like I needed extra time to let each story settle and digest.
 

Thank you to Riverhead Books for a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
 

Book Details

The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Riverhead Books

Summary

A powerful look into the history of passing, and the fallout of that choice on the person as well as their family. A definite must-read, but give yourself time to let the story settle in your heart.

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