The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick

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. Many 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 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.

As 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.

Title:The Vanishing Half
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    The Vanishing Half Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    News flash: HBO and Brit Bennett made a 7 figure deal for the adaptation of the book into limited series!­čÄë­čÄłWowza! This is unique! This is impeccable! This is perfectly written and I wished it ne...

  • Cindy

    Although the first 1/3 of the book was slow, once we start to see how two generations diverge and they connect later on, I became invested in each person's individual journeys as they grappled with ra...

  • Kat

    *clears throat* *tries to summon some intellect* in a few sentences: brit bennett's intricate plot lines and ability to weave family dramas that stretch through years is definitely something to be adm...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    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 m...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!There were many ways to be alienated from someone, few to actually belong.i know it looks like iÔÇÖm over here five-starring a lot of books in a row all of a sudden, but itÔÇÖs not so ...

  • Meredith

    ÔÇťShe was always inventing her life.ÔÇŁTwin sisters. Two different paths: One chooses black. The other white. Their choices reflect societal norms, gender constructs, and racial inequality in contemp...

  • Angela M

    This is a thought provoking story and a few scenes were not easy to read. ThereÔÇÖs racism here, a violent incident against a man, witnessed by his young twin daughters, and more trauma for one of the...

  • Jayme

    3.5 Two Black twins, so ÔÇťlightÔÇŁ they could ÔÇťpassÔÇŁ for White. And, this story exploring ÔÇť PASSINGÔÇŁ - a term I was not familiar with. One of the twins will choose to do just that-live life a...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Sooooo GOOD!!! ...Pathos and Pain.......Profound Thoughtfulness......Spellbinding prose.......Surprises I never saw coming......A book that kept me interested and curious from start to finish......Fil...

  • Danielle

    August 2020 F.A.B. Bookclub Pick. # I.ÔŁĄ´ŞĆ. F.A.B.I was excited that this was our bookclub pick for this month. ­čĄŚ IÔÇÖve read so many fabulous reviews about the important messages this book has t...