The Vanishing Half: Longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2021 by Brit Bennett


Bookseller Review by Elle:

THE perfect novel. A memorable and beautifully told story about family, race, self-acceptance, and the way in which your perceived position in society can define your life experiences. I really felt like I was living in each of the Vignes sister’s shoes as the two stories unfolded – Brit Bennett writes such vivid and clear points of view that evoke an incredible amount of empathy from the reader.  I completely fell in love with the secondary characters – particularly the children of the two sisters. ‘The Vanishing Half’ feels like a timeless Classic.

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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?

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