The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
A Novel of Passing and Identity.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is a novel that tells the story of identical twin sisters, Stella and Desiree, who grow up in a small, southern black community in the 1950s. The sisters run away from home at the age of sixteen, but their lives take very different paths.
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Stella decides to pass as white and marries a white man, while Desiree returns to their hometown with her dark-skinned daughter. The novel explores themes of identity, race, family, and the consequences of the choices we make.
“The Vanishing Half is a captivating exploration of themes such as identity, race, and family, with well-developed and engaging characters.”
The Book Guide® Editor
The novel is set in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement and follows the lives of the two sisters and their families over several decades. The story is told from multiple perspectives, including those of the sisters, their daughters, and their husbands. The characters are complex and well-developed, and the writing is both beautiful and engaging.
The Vanishing Half (2020) by Brit BennettThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
by The Book Guide® Editor4.7/5 Very good