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The Vanishing Half

de Brit Bennett

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"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' 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"--… (més)
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Wrenching tale of twin sisters
NY Times Bestseller, named a best book of 2020. Beautiful, heartbreaking novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. ( )
  krraye | Jun 27, 2022 |
I was immediately pulled in to the storyline and loved the character development throughout. So many complex relationships and situations. It opened my eyes to other people’s struggles.

I love how Brit Bennett did not write about any situation or choice in a judgmental way, but instead with curiosity. She provided view points from many of the characters, which helped to explain why they made certain decisions.

Introducing a transgender character (who I loved by the way!!!) provided even more complexity to the theme of this book. It was an unexpected addition that paralleled the original theme in some ways but in other ways was completely different!

Jude was one of my favorite characters. I loved her complexity and perceptions. She became a connecting piece throughout the story.

During the middle of this book, I would have given 5 stars! Although the ending wrapped up the characters stories, I felt that something was missing. Maybe I wanted things to work put better than they did for some of the character relationships? Maybe the story was more like real life than a book with a plot twist? Regardless, I still really enjoyed the book and am happy to have read it! ( )
  Kamanjes | Jun 21, 2022 |
What a nice book! I'd likely give it 4 *s were such possible on GoodReads.

So, we have twin sisters in a small town, Mallard, Louisana, Desiree and Stella Vignes. Mallard is strange in that it's a town of African Americans, but mostly rather light complected ones. There's a racial hierarchy in town, the lighter the better. People talk about searching out lighter partners when they contemplate marriage.

Along about the age of 16, the twins up and disappear to New Orleans. They live together there for a couple of years, but then one day Stella disappears. Later on, Desiree heads off to Washington, D.C., and ends up marrying a rather dark complected man. Her husband mistreats her, and eventually Desiree escapes back to Mallard with her daughter, Jude Winston. Jude is quite dark and the people in Mallard make fun of her, calling her "tar baby" and such like. She retreats into bookishness.

Jude is also a good athlete, and wins a scholarship to UCLA. So she heads west. She's not only interested in her sports, but is serious about her studies and hopes to attend medical school. To help make ends meet, she picks up odd jobs here and there, one of them working for a caterer. One day, while catering for a fancy party in a posh neighborhood, she is stopped in her tracks and drops the tray she's carrying. She sees the spitting image of her mother coming in through the door. But the image she sees is a posh, white woman who clearly has no time for the likes of her.

It turns out that Stella, now Stella Sanders, found she could pass for white and has married a rich, white man. They live in a gatec community, where non-whites are definitely unwelcome, except as day-time cleaning ladies. They have a daughter, Kennedy, who has aspirations as an actor.

Well, I'll stop. The story is an interesting juxtaposition of what we might call reality and the reality people make for themselves. It's not just the black/white thing either. Jude befriends and later becomes the partner of a transgender person. Jude and Kendall meet and strike up a sort of friendship. It's not clear if they can admit to being cousins or not. And so forth. A really intriguing book.
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  lgpiper | Jun 12, 2022 |
Dieses Buch beschäftigt sich auf sehr berührende Weise mit Rassismus, geht aber darüber hinaus. Durch die Transsexualität von Reese wird deutlich, dass es nicht nur um Rassismus, sondern darüber hinaus um die Suche nach der eigenen Identität in einer Gesellschaft, deren Schubladen nicht für die eigene Person zu passen scheinen oder die man nicht zu akzeptieren bereit ist. Es zeigt aber auch, dass Verleugnen eines Teils seiner Identität, wie Stella es tut, indem sie vorgibt, weiß zu sein, langfristig nicht wirklich funktionieren kann. ( )
  Ellemir | May 25, 2022 |
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is a 2020 Riverhead Books publication.
Stella and Desiree, twin sisters from a small town in Louisiana leave home together, but years later Desiree returns with her young daughter, Jude, in tow, while Stella lives a very different life passing as a white woman.

Desiree, and by proxy, Jude, can’t fully move forward with their lives, always looking for Stella., wondering where she might be, hoping and hoping to see her again someday…

This is a deeply absorbing novel, exploring various relationships within families- with a primary focus on mothers, daughters, and sisters, while the undercurrent of racism hums and throbs just beneath the surface. Eventually, decades of secrets and lies boil over, exposing raw truths, examining race, skin tone, acceptance, and the unsettling consequences of living a lie…

There is so much going on in this story. It’s one that honestly needs to be read more than once to absorb all its complexities, letting them into your consciousness on a deeper level.

I’m not even sure where to begin here, and so many others have rated and reviewed this book, I’m thinking I should simply say it was worth all hype and the rewards were well-deserved.

Naturally, though, despite all the amazing writing and the layers of depth to this story, I had a few quibbles. Mainly, I felt the story was powerful enough without throwing in a kitchen sink full of other themes into the mix. It was overwhelming at times, and at other times I felt these additions were unnecessary, or left underdeveloped, distracting, diminishing some of the impact from the main thread.

Besides that, I thought this was a weighty, effective family saga, coupled with compelling character studies.

Overall, I am glad I finally got around to reading this book after it sat on my shelf for the past couple of years. It has given me a lot to think about, and is one of those books that lingers in your mind long after that final page is turned.

3.5 stars ( )
  gpangel | May 17, 2022 |
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The Vanishing Half is the fairy tale we need right now to tell us the truth....

All of these events unfold with the inevitability of a folktale or a fable — which is how The Vanishing Half, with its many folklorish narrative extravagances, reads. This book is not interested in literary realism. It is a fairy tale, and it makes no apologies for being so....But within its fairy-tale structure, The Vanishing Half is able to be ambitious with its characters. ...Reading The Vanishing Half at this moment in time, as America protests against the police killings of black people and the police respond with brutality, feels like reading a parable that is wiser and more beautiful than we deserve. One that is built around all the secrets buried in the rotten core of America’s racial history.

There is deep truth within fairy tales. And with The Vanishing Half, Bennett has written a marvel of one.
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A new novel explores the construct of race in the diverging lives of light-skinned black twins, one of whom transitions into a life as a white woman....Issues of privilege, intergenerational trauma, the randomness and unfairness of it all, are teased apart in all their complexity, within a story that also touches on universal themes of love, identity and belonging.

“The Vanishing Half,” with its clever premise and strongly developed characters, is unputdownable.
 
Race is much on America’s mind now, in all the myriad ways it shapes our lives, whatever color our skin might be. It also lies at the heart of Brit Bennett’s moving and insightful new novel, The Vanishing Half, the story of twin sisters who choose to live their lives as different races, one black, one white....The Vanishing Half is skillfully structured and filled with richly developed characters who defy stereotypes. By turns poignant and funny, it’s a timely look at the dual nature of race — an abstract construct, a visceral reality — and the damage that racism can inflict.
 

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"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' 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"--

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