The Vanishing Half

Author(s): Brit Bennett

Literary Fiction | Drama

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.

KERRYS REVIEW - I read this book in one sitting on a rare Sunday afternoon with free time. It got me from the very first chapter and there i stayed until it was finished. I felt like I was interfering in their lives, looking through the window like a nosy neighbour to see what was going to happen next. Each character was described and their innermost thoughts revealed in such a human and fragile way. Generational family drama with the issues of racism and identity front and centre. Fantastic read.


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Product Information

Shortlisted - Women's Prize Fiction 2021

General Fields

  • : 9780349701479
  • : Dialogue Books
  • : Dialogue Books
  • : 0.3
  • : August 2020
  • : 2.5 Centimeters X 14 Centimeters X 19.9 Centimeters
  • : May 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brit Bennett
  • : Paperback
  • : 2105
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 384