The Vignes sisters have been identical and inseparable since forever. However, their adult lives are anything but. Destiny parted their paths long before adulthood beckoned. Having grown up together in a small, southern black community, the twins ran away at the age of sixteen. Ten years later, their daily lives are the only thing they have in common. Their families, their communities, and especially their racial identities are all poles apart; it is as though they belong to different worlds. One sister lives with her black daughter in the same town she had once tried to get away from. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Even with hundreds of lies and thousands of miles between them, the fate of the sisters remains unmistakably intertwined. What will become of their next generation, when their daughters’ paths cross many years later?

The Vanishing Half is essentially a book about race, but ends up exploring issues way beyond. Brit Bennett has expertly weaved together multiple strands of generations of the Vignes family. The story spans different spaces and times – from Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s. It reflects the lasting influence of our past and how it shapes our decisions, desires and expectations. The Vanishing Half is a successful attempt at analyzing the multitude of reasons that force a person to move away from their roots.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Price: 410 322

Format: Kindle

Published: June 2020

Number of Pages: 308

Language: English

Brit Bennett, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Vanishing Half

Author: Brit Bennett

Publisher: Dialogue Books

ISBN-13: 978-0525536291