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The Vanishing Half: A Novel de Brit Bennett
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The Vanishing Half: A Novel (edició 2020)

de Brit Bennett (Autor)

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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)
Membre:dandydancing
Títol:The Vanishing Half: A Novel
Autors:Brit Bennett (Autor)
Informació:Riverhead Books (2020), 352 pages
Col·leccions:Chris & Wendy, La teva biblioteca
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The Vanishing Half de Brit Bennett

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    bhowell: Passing by Nella Larsen is classic literature and a look at the same issue early in the 20th century
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Loved the writing and the psychology of the two sisters. A different (for me), not often explored aspect of America's unique racism. ( )
  Octavia78 | Nov 28, 2021 |
I work at a library and I noticed that just about every single one of my patrons wanted to check out this book. I wanted to see for myself if it was actually worth all of the hype, and I'm happy to report that it is. It reminded me a lot of "Where the Crawdads Sing" because the mysteries within the pages, all the twists and turns, had me so intrigued that I couldn't put it down. I love a good book driven by a variety of characters, fueled by strong writing, which this book provided. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get out of their end-of-the-year reading slump and to anyone interested in family secrets, mysteries, strong characters, and to those that don't mind following a zig-zagging plot line. ( )
  kathrynwithak7 | Nov 24, 2021 |
What is our identity" Is it fixed, or does it change? Some philosophers argue that we are born with a core identity that can shift over time, others believe our identity is learned and learned in community. With twins, as Stell and Desiree are, often identity is very similar and often their identities rely heavily on each other. So what happens when half of your identity leaves and you find yourself on yout own. Bennett's book is a thought provoking commentary on race, on identity, and on finding a place in the world where we might belong. Desiree and Stella are from Mallard, LA, a community that is populated by light skinned African Americans and prides itself on the lightness of their skin. When the twins leave for New Orleans they discover that they have different ideas of the future. Desiree clings to her ethnicity while Stella leaves her behind to take up life as a white person. There is so much in this novel to digest and a lot of irony regarding race and ethnicity as the people of Mallard look down on the darker skinned African Americans, as Desiree returns to the hometown she hates, and marries not one, but two, dark skinned men. But the real impact for me was about identity - where it is formed and how we function when we leave the community that has helped shape our identity. This is an interesting and thoughtful novel that appeals on so many levels and requires some time to truly digest in its entirety. ( )
  Al-G | Nov 22, 2021 |
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 | Nov 9, 2021 |
Great read. Loved the characters. ( )
  oobiec | Nov 2, 2021 |
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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 morning one of the lost twins returned to Mallard, Lou LeBon ran to the diner to break the news, and even now, many years later, everyone remembers the shock of sweaty Lou pushing through the glass doors, chest heaving, neckline darkened with his own effort.
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The hardest part about becoming someone else was deciding to. The rest was only logistics.
She had rung the bell, and all her life, the note would hang in the air.
Like leaving, the hardest part of returning was deciding to.
Her death hit in waves. Not a flood, but water lapping steadily at her ankles.

You could drown in two inches of water. Maybe grief was the same.
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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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