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The Vanishing Half 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 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 Storylines Intersect Weaving Together Multiple Strands And Generations Of This Family, From The Deep South To California, From The S To The S, Brit Bennett Produces A Story That Is At Once A Riveting, Emotional Family Story And A Brilliant Exploration Of The American History Of PassingLooking 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 OriginsAs 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 This is a thought provoking story and a few scenes were not easy to read There s racism here, a violent incident against a man, witnessed by his young twin daughters, andtrauma for one of the girls than we want to imagine This and their upbringing in a small black community in Louisiana where people believe the lighter they are the better life will be So it wasn t a surprise that when twin sisters Desiree and Stella Vignes run away at sixteen, that their futures would take them on journ This is a thought provoking story and a few scenes were not easy to read There s racism here, a violent incident against a man, witnessed by his young twin daughters, andtrauma for one of the girls than we want to imagine This and their upbringing in a small black community in Louisiana where people believe the lighter they are the better life will be So it wasn t a surprise that when twin sisters Desiree and Stella Vignes run away at sixteen, that their futures would take them on journeys seeking their identities Although inseparable as young girls, they part ways and their chosen lives take very different paths While it s easy to connect with Desiree and the choices she makes, it s not very easy to accept how Stella has chosen to live a lie and was most of the time unlikable Yet, I was still drawn to her and felt for her, trying to understand her.While racial identity is the core of the story, there are so many other layers here with characters that the author portrays in such a way that I got a sense of who they were, even if at times they questioned their own identities The story is told from multiple points of view the sisters Desiree and Stella and later their daughters, Jude and Kennedy, each of them searching it seemed, to find their true selves It s about different kinds of relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, women and the men in their lives, cousins who find each other There are other elements to the story such as spousal abuse and sexual identity Almost all of the characters found a way to my heart I found this to be such a well written story that captivated me from the first page and made me want to get to Britt Bennett s debut novel The Mothers, which has been on my list.As always I m grateful to read along with Diane and Esil I love our discussions and sharing our perspectives I received an advanced copy of this book from Riverhead Penguin through EdelweissZ I m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful come to mind I was constantly reminded of the golden oldie movie Imitation of Life 1959 in regards to the discussions surround race, class, and gender, while also featuring a plot thread where a light skinned Black teenager is living her life passing as white If you are wary of the hype, like I typically am, please know this is one instance where the subs I m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful come to mind I was constantly reminded of the golden oldie movie Imitation of Life 1959 in regards to the discussions surround race, class, and gender, while also featuring a plot thread where a light skinned Black teenager is living her life passing as white If you are wary of the hype, like I typically am, please know this is one instance where the substantial amount of praise is fully warranted, and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that is equal parts educational and entertaining She was always inventing her life Twin sisters Two different paths One chooses black The other white Their choices reflect societal norms, gender constructs, and racial inequality in contemporary America.Stella and Desiree grow up in Mallard, LA Mallard, a town comprised of light skinned black people, has a fascinating history I could read a whole book just about Mallard When the sisters run away to New Orleans, they see their escape as a time to reinvent themselvesStella became whit She was always inventing her life Twin sisters Two different paths One chooses black The other white Their choices reflect societal norms, gender constructs, and racial inequality in contemporary America.Stella and Desiree grow up in Mallard, LA Mallard, a town comprised of light skinned black people, has a fascinating history I could read a whole book just about Mallard When the sisters run away to New Orleans, they see their escape as a time to reinvent themselvesStella became white and Desiree married the darkest man she could find Stella chooses to pass as white Her choice allows her to live a life filled with opportunity and privilege At the same time, she is without her family She is perpetually uncomfortable and is teetering on the edge of someone finding out her secret, so she makes the effort to bury her true self and live a life built on fragile lies Most significantly, she chooses a life without her other half, her sister Desiree s choices result in her being stuck stuck in a town she can t leave, without a career, without a life Nearly broken from her sister s choice to leave her, she never gives up hope of finding Stella until it s nearly too late.Through Stella and Desiree s choices, Bennett juxtaposes race, gender, class, and sexuality Bennett doesn t simplify the outcomes of Stella and Desiree s choices, rather she complicates them to expose the convoluted hierarchies of American culture and society The Vanishing Half is a thought provoking, complex, and timely read I was entranced by Desiree and Stella s stories, and I know I will be thinking about these characters for a long time.I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett features black twin sisters, whose skin is so light that they can pass for white The sisters have always been close, almost like one person, even though they are so different, in personalities When they are sixteen, they escape their small Louisiana town, to make new lives in New Orleans At some point, Stella is able to get a job working for a white man and she envisions real freedom, if she abandons everything about her past and passes as a white person He The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett features black twin sisters, whose skin is so light that they can pass for white The sisters have always been close, almost like one person, even though they are so different, in personalities When they are sixteen, they escape their small Louisiana town, to make new lives in New Orleans At some point, Stella is able to get a job working for a white man and she envisions real freedom, if she abandons everything about her past and passes as a white person Her sister Desiree is stunned and heartbroken that her sister would walk out on her and everything they have been for each other, their entire lives This story follows Stella, passing as a white woman, wife of a wealthy white man, mother of a blond headed daughter Once Stella walks away from her birth family, she can never speak about them or contact them again, because her entire life is a lie Although she now has so many freedoms that were not hers as a black person, she has sacrificed the family and the past that she left This freedom that she has gained is also a kind of prison and a weight on her shoulders that can never be lifted The story also follows Desiree, who eventually marries a black lawyer and has a very dark skinned black daughter Her husband is abusive and at some point Desiree must flee with her daughter, back to Mallard and her family home Back to the home where she grew up in poverty, possessing barelythan the clothes on their backs and no money The contrast between Stella s path and Desiree s path could not beglaring Over the decades we get to see how the choices of Stella and Desiree affect the people around themtheir daughters, the men in their lives, their neighbors, friends, and family I enjoyed the story of Stella and Desiree and also the stories of their daughters and how they dealt with their hopes, dreams, mistakes, and the consequences of their actions I was so drawn to some of the characters and wish I could name them but I don t want to spoil the story There are men in this story that are weak in their destructiveness but there are men in this story that are strong with their compassion and loyalty I think the men made the story for me, as much as the women did Thank you to Riverhead Books Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss for this ARC Sooooo GOOD Pathos and Pain.Profound ThoughtfulnessSpellbinding prose.Surprises I never saw comingA book that kept me interested and curious from start to finishFilled with substantial depth and insights.Brit Bennett brings to life characters that made me desperately want to vanish into the her storytelling world Meet twin sisters, Desiree and Stella Vignes They grew up in a Black Community a town so small it couldn t be found on a map Mallard, Louisian Sooooo GOOD Pathos and Pain.Profound ThoughtfulnessSpellbinding prose.Surprises I never saw comingA book that kept me interested and curious from start to finishFilled with substantial depth and insights.Brit Bennett brings to life characters that made me desperately want to vanish into the her storytelling world Meet twin sisters, Desiree and Stella Vignes They grew up in a Black Community a town so small it couldn t be found on a map Mallard, Louisiana.At age 16 they ran away together to New Orleans.A fascinating tale begins..dealing with identity, racism, choices That s all I m saying A wonderful novel to Go in Blind There is nothing not to like about this book.It promises to tickle your interest bones Highly recommended great book club pick It s irresistible Brit Bennett s first novel, The Mother s was wonderful.received much recognition.a terrific enjoyable book, too.This 2nd book, The Vanishing Act is even better Congrats to Brit She outdid herself 3.5 Two Black twins, so light they could pass for White And, this story exploring PASSING a term I was not familiar with One of the twins will choose to do just that live life as a White woman.Her husband will never know the truth.She will not get to celebrate milestones with her twin sister or mother.She will not be able to share her heritage with her own daughter.I found this book to be profoundly SAD.IMAGINE believing that it would be worth LOSING all of that, to be WHITE I enjoye 3.5 Two Black twins, so light they could pass for White And, this story exploring PASSING a term I was not familiar with One of the twins will choose to do just that live life as a White woman.Her husband will never know the truth.She will not get to celebrate milestones with her twin sister or mother.She will not be able to share her heritage with her own daughter.I found this book to be profoundly SAD.IMAGINE believing that it would be worth LOSING all of that, to be WHITE I enjoyed the first half of this book, when I learned about Passing and the story focused on the twin sisters..Desiree and Stella The second half was not as strong for me, when the story shifted to their daughters, Jude and Kennedy, and the focus of race and passing became diluted with another theme, regarding a character named Reese I understand it was another way to explore Identity.But, the book would ve beenpowerful for ME if the narratives had remained with the sisters I wanted to spendtime with Desiree after she returned home So we could see both her struggles and also the riches that she DID have by having Adele, Jude, Early and the community of Mallard in her life.So that we could compare, and contrast, their two choices indepth To fully explore PASSING.I needed to feelof the PAIN of EACH sister that resulted from Stella s choice..As I wondered how many women who chose to PASS, would choose that path again Relevant Timely.Available now Thank you to the publisher for providing a digital ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for a candid review You could never quite get used to lonelinessIdentical twin sisters, Desiree, and Stella Vignes were born in Mallard, Louisiana, a town so small it cannot be found on the map They have witnessed atrocities inflicted upon their father at a young age They decide to run away from their southern black community at the age of 16 and start over in New Orleans Years later, Desiree returns to her hometown with her young daughter while her twin sister Stella, is living as a white woman and herYou could never quite get used to lonelinessIdentical twin sisters, Desiree, and Stella Vignes were born in Mallard, Louisiana, a town so small it cannot be found on the map They have witnessed atrocities inflicted upon their father at a young age They decide to run away from their southern black community at the age of 16 and start over in New Orleans Years later, Desiree returns to her hometown with her young daughter while her twin sister Stella, is living as a white woman and her white husband knows nothing of her past Desiree longs for her sister who left without saying goodbye.Both twins lives go in separate directions Once Stella leaves, neither knows what became of the other Their lives however, are intertwined their daughter s lives intertwine as this book moves from the deep south to the east coast, and to California from the 1950s to the 1990s This is a story about love, family, mothers, daughters, acceptance, racism, how race shapes individuals lives This book also touches on domestic violence, gender identity, racial identity, and acceptance.This book gives us various characters with distinct personalities and POVs We not only read but feel their pain, their heartache, their loneliness, their happiness, and their strength I found this to be a beautifully written and thought provoking book This was my first book by Brit Bennett, and it will not be my last I received a copy of this book from the Editor and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own NOW AVAILABLE There were many ways to be alienated from someone, few to actually belong.i know it looks like i m over here five starring a lot of books in a row all of a sudden, but it s not so much that i ve lucked into a run of excellent reading choices as it is me finally sitting down to review books so good it s been intimidating me to even think about reviewing them ALTHOUGH if we re being super duper honest, Blacktop Wasteland and Betty were both 4s going in but 4.5s in my heart that NOW AVAILABLE There were many ways to be alienated from someone, few to actually belong.i know it looks like i m over here five starring a lot of books in a row all of a sudden, but it s not so much that i ve lucked into a run of excellent reading choices as it is me finally sitting down to review books so good it s been intimidating me to even think about reviewing them ALTHOUGH if we re being super duper honest, Blacktop Wasteland and Betty were both 4s going in but 4.5s in my heart that got bumped up to fives when rereading them for the review made me remember how dingdang good they were this one was a five out of the gate it s so good i don t even know where to start it s a family saga that takes place over the course of forty or so years, beginning in 1938 with the birth of twin sisters stella and desiree vignes in the town of mallard, louisiana a black community with an unusual beginning The idea arrived to Alphonse Decuir in 1848, as he stood in the sugarcane fields he d inherited from the father who d once owned him The father now dead, the now freed son wished to build something on those acres of land that would last for centuries to come A town for men like him, who would never be accepted as white but refused to be treated like Negroes A third place.the residents embraced their founder s dream of aperfect Negro Each generation lighter than the one before, and by the time the vignes girls his great great great granddaughters are born, his bloodline has been bleached into creamy skin, hazel eyes, and wavy hair, none of which attributes protect them from racism from seeing their father lynched in their home when they are little girls, or from race factoring into their lives and shaping their opportunities when they run away from home as teenagers they live together in new orleans for a few years before stella abruptly cuts ties with her sister and disappears into a new life that she will live as a white woman marrying a wealthy white man and raising a daughter who has no idea she s anything but white meanwhile, desiree will leave the abusive father of her own daughter and move back to mallard, her child s exceptional darkness there unexpected, unwelcome eventually, three generations of paths will cross, secrets will be discovered, everyone ll have to address their choices honestly, i don t want to blah and blah about plot i always spend way too much time on silly reviews, writing 20 page dissertations on minutiae that nobody cares about but meeeee before deleting all of it anyway and i need to stop being foolish with my time and learn to do things in miniaturized efficiency when i m not getting paid but i will say that this is a tremendous second novel after a really impressive debut and bennett writes beautifully about family and grief and identity and being deeply, unbearably lonely the loneliness of the estranged twins, the self othering loneliness isolating stella from her old life and in her new one, the loneliness of growing up dark in a colorstruck town etc etc i m doing it again so i m gonna shut myself up now because i loved every little bit of this novel and we could be here all day if i don t put a stop to it now The Mothers was good, this one is GOLD.review to come ASAP my SECOND goodreads win of 2020 this is the only good thing in the world right now.come to my blog 4.5 stars The Vanishing Half , Brit Bennett s second novel, is powerful and incredibly relevant given the moment our society is in right now You can escape a town, but you cannot escape blood Somehow, the Vignes twins believed themselves capable of both Stella and Desiree Vignes grew up in Mallard, Louisiana, a town whose population is composed of immensely light skinned African American people They re actually descendants of the founder, but their lives were traumatized by their witnessin 4.5 stars The Vanishing Half , Brit Bennett s second novel, is powerful and incredibly relevant given the moment our society is in right now You can escape a town, but you cannot escape blood Somehow, the Vignes twins believed themselves capable of both Stella and Desiree Vignes grew up in Mallard, Louisiana, a town whose population is composed of immensely light skinned African American people They re actually descendants of the founder, but their lives were traumatized by their witnessing a horrible event in their childhood Both sisters wanted somethingout of life than cleaning people s houses Stella dreamed of college and Desiree dreamed of excitement The two fled to New Orleans one night to pursue a new life.But years later, Desiree returns to Mallard with her daughter, Jude, in tow, while Stella has chosen to live a very different life, and a lie at that.The book tells Desiree and Stella s stories as well as the stories of their daughters, Jude and Kennedy It s a powerful meditation on how intertwined family remains even when apart, and how decisions can ripple through the generations It s also a look at sexual identity, self acceptance, and the way home can be both a comfort and a curse.More than that, this is a book about race and the unconscious biases that exist among people in the same groups It s such a timely conversation but it s never heavy handed Not all of the characters are likable, but they re all fascinating in their own way.Brit Bennett once again proves, as she did with her debut novel The Mothers , that she is a born storyteller This is a book that will be talked about for some time.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at


About the Author: Brit Bennett

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston Wright Award for College Writers Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel The Mothers is her first novel.


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