The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett,

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This is one of the most unusual and memorable books about sisters I’ve ever read. It’s the story of Black twins, Desiree and Stella, who are separated in early adulthood in the 1950s, one returning to her hometown in the South after escaping an abusive marriage, the other passing as White in the White world she’s chosen to inhabit. The choices Desiree and Stella make that cause their paths to diverge haunt the sisters, each in her own way. But what never changes is the deep bond that exists between them even in absentia. I loved this book. Read it,…

The twin sisters in The Vanishing Half share nearly everything and nearly nothing, which is a neat trick. They share a past – same childhood, same family, same upbringing, same community, same home, the same face even – and yet grow into adults who share none of the above nor even the same racial identity, never mind class, values, family, or future.

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