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The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett

  • Release Date: 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,614 Ratings





“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.


  • Beautifully written story

    By ElectricChance
    This book is so well written and engaging I finished it in hours% Definitely recommend
  • Captivating Read. Nice book for Book Club Too.

    By TLoLo75
    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.
  • Amazing

    By hgfyuyuyu
    The story is dramatic but it still appeals to emotion
  • Stunning

    By ChuckBass10
    Beautiful story of girls and how we grow up.
  • So well written!

    By Momndas
    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.
  • Fun and informative

    By poohmom
    Well written. Not an expected ending but surprised when it ended.
  • Where is the rest.

    By Qu8ys W1fe
    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.
  • Spell-binding

    By SabraCanuck
    This book is beautiful, suspenseful, and a thrill to read.
  • Great book but very strange ending

    By xoxoReadandRate
    The book was amazing all the way through until I came to the final few pages. The ending was completely strange and disappointing.
  • One of the best books I’ve ever read

    By tivahlove
    The characters are each so complex and real. The story is perfectly paced and draws you in. Amazing.