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About The Vanishing Half
#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.
Pretty good book, didn’t have anything specifically amazing
The storyline was good but there were some flaws. I couldn’t really connect with Reese’s character because his only identity was that he was transgender. I was hoping that Stella would reveal her secret to Loretta. The reunion of the twins was way too short. The ending left me very disappointed.
Great read! The story kept me locked in that I read it in two days.
I enjoyed the characters but the book could have used a plot twist or some sort of climax.
The buildup takes too long, and I feel like some of the characters were just thrown in there without real development. The description of Jude and Kennedy gets repetitive. Also, I want to add that the end was disappointing.
I can instantly recognize books about racism and white supremacy that are intended for white audiences, and this is one of them. That might be why the book feels so hollow and ungrounded almost. I really enjoyed the writing style, but this story, though treated with care, truly lacked the depth that would keep me thinking about it after turning the last page.
From start to finish, this novel is spellbinding. How the story blurs through time and the different narrative perspectives... A must-read.
A story about the construct of race in America and just how destructive it is for everyone, twin sisters identical until one passes for white and becomes a different person, living a lie that drives her daughter away. The other, defeated by a bad marriage, goes home, subjecting her daughter to racial torment, Good characters woven into a story a little too full of the lucky versus the marginalized, and worked out so their reversed fortunes fall neatly into place, a better than average airplane book.
Incredible, poignant and well-written.
A beautiful book that brings you into the heart of a family, and the heart of the US. Touching, tragic, sweet and melancholy; I’m sure I’ll be rereading it many times.
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.
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.
A story full of love and loss
I was reasonably engaged by the story and really appreciated some of its very nuanced insights about racism. Unfortunately, the author took on one too many issues in introducing through Reese the complexities of transsexualism/transgenderism and leaves this important character undeveloped — quite two-dimensional. The result is an ending that lacks impact.
The three stars is because it was well written but not the type of book that grabs me. I didn’t even finish . .. found it all too boring.
There were a couple of times where the story got slow, but it was nice getting know all of the characters lives (eventful or not). I’m also unsure how I feel about the abrupt ending. I do know that I really loved this book though. I was constantly thinking of my own family while reading this book. My grandmother and her siblings were not allowed to attend public schools because they were Native American. My grandmother was lighter than her sister, and it got me thinking...was life easier because of my grandmother because of that? I truly enjoyed this well-written story.
A few twists and turns. Interesting read
Could not put it down
This was a good book. I liked learning about the different characters through different time periods and perspectives. However at times I felt like the characters were rambling a bit. The ending has left me lost. Overall, it’s worth the time to read and explore a story of twins that choose to live separate lives.
Great dive into the character aspects of the story line, however, I was left with too many unanswered questions and not enough closure.
Gripping, touching, and wonderfully written. Fascinating storyline as the 3rd person narrative flows among different characters; reading the story from several different viewpoints kept it very interesting. I couldn’t put it down!
Great book. Loved the story line. Ending was not as exciting as the whole book.
Wow. That was slowwww with no clear story arc and a very anti climatic ending that left all questions open. I couldn’t believe it was the end of book - I kept thinking my phone was glitching. Would not recommend.
I’ve never read anything like this. The story line pulled me, the characters diverse and captivating! A story of heartbreak, tough decisions and family love.
What a unique and intriguing storyline! I loved the characters and the writing was phenomenal. Can’t wait to read more books by this author!
Couldn’t put it down.
You Guys, this book is so good, I could read it over and over. Can’t wait to see this book interpreted on a big screen.
Beautifully written and captures the readers attention and heartstrings. Deeply shows the emotional scars of racism and transgender issues. Highly recommended although I was hoping for more closure.
If tis story was interesting to you, please also read Passing, by Nella Larsen.
Wonderful character development. This book is a page turner. Usually I prefer a bit of a slower journey. But the story evolves over a lifetime. 3 generations. The author weaved a lovely heart breaking story. A story about America. I loved it. There are a million more stories to be told...
All the characters had a part of them they wished would vanish. Highly recommend this book and I can’t wait for the discussions with my book club.
A true page turner.
Good potential but poorly written. Only a small portion of the book is in the perspectives the twin. I feel like most of the book was about one of the daughters of twins and her transgendered boyfriend. Nothing is happening in this book. You think it’s heating up and it fizzles to nothing. All that for a reunion that only lasts a few pages and it isn’t that moving
This book is excellent!
this will tug at your heart and will leave you wishing for another novel as deep and well written as this is.
This poignant book was hard to put down.
Great story. Beautifully written. The ending didn’t bring me closure like I would have liked.
I loved that this book addressed modern topics with a 1980’s spin. They’re important topics and they were refreshing to read from the point of view of black females. However, I spent the entire book trying to attach myself to the characters the way you do when you’re fully immersed in a story. There are no real main characters, so you don’t really spend a significant amount of time with any one person. The time frames are very distanced and scattered. It was just hard for me to connect to the story when it felt like I was reading from the back of an audience, as opposed to being on stage with them. You never really get that feeling of being ‘hooked’ on this novel, which is why I didn’t give it a higher rating
This book is so well written and engaging I finished it in hours% Definitely recommend
Definitely kept me wanting to read more. Looking forward to discussing this with my book club because the central characters are complex and there is so much to unravel.
The story is dramatic but it still appeals to emotion
Beautiful story of girls and how we grow up.
I could hardly put this book down! It was good from beginning to end. Such an amazing storyline and the characters were so real. Hope to read more from this talented author.
Well written. Not an expected ending but surprised when it ended.
Great book, but it leaves you wanting more and looking for and end to the story.. where is the rest of the story? What happened to Stella? I’m confused!! Just wanted a better ending.
This book is beautiful, suspenseful, and a thrill to read.
The book was amazing all the way through until I came to the final few pages. The ending was completely strange and disappointing.
The characters are each so complex and real. The story is perfectly paced and draws you in. Amazing.
It did take me a while to get through. I wish it would've stayed more on the storyline of Desiree and Stella. Even though Stella passed for white her whole life, I was hoping that Stella would ease up a little on the lies that she's been holding on to her whole life and let her daughter in just a little bit. Desiree was a total Southern woman of going back home after leaving an absuive marriage. It's interesting how both Desiree and Stella both only had 1 kid. Stella probably only had one because she was worried that her second baby may come out brown. Desiree probably didn't have more than 1 kid because she knew the struggles of just having 1. I don't know if I liked any characters or if it felt like a fly on the wall while reading the book. Stella was uber selfish during the whole thing-yes she eventually got her career but she made massive pitfalls when it came not telling her daughter the truth. It really didn't feel like an ending to me and not saying that every book has to have a nice little bow because that's how life is sometimes but it seems like the only people that ended up happy were Jude, Reece, Desiree, and Early. Stella was somewhat miserable and so was her daughter.