Brit Bennett - The Vanishing Half (New Paperback)
Award winning Sunday Times & New York Times Bestseller.
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.
- Format : New Paperback
- Condition : New
- Category : Fiction - Families & Sagas
- Published : 2020 (Dialogue Books)
- ISBN : 9780349701479
- SKU : B002499
- PPC : SP350gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'Stunning . . . Bennett pulls it off brilliantly . . . Few novels manage to remain interesting from start to finish, even - maybe especially - the brilliant ones. But . . . Bennett locks readers in and never lets them go.' - Los Angeles Times.
'Deeply compelling . . . brilliantly creates a network of characters - singular and vivid . . . There are moments . . . that stun with quiet power . . . The Vanishing Half more than succeeds as a beautifully imagined story about an American family.' - USA Today.
'As thought-provoking as it is engrossing.' - Oprah magazine.
'The Vanishing Half is an utterly mesmerising novel. It seduces with its literary flair, surprises with its breath-taking plot twists, delights with its psychological insights, and challenges us to consider the corrupting consequences of racism on different communities and individual lives. I absolutely loved this book.' - Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker Prize.
'A novel of immense, shining, powerful intelligence.' - Deborah Levy.
Brit Bennett is an American writer based in Los Angeles. Her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times best-seller. Her second novel, The Vanishing Half, was also a New York Times best-seller; further, it was chosen as a Good Morning America Book Club selection.