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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)
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Títol:The Vanishing Half: A Novel
Autors:Brit Bennett (Autor)
Informació:Riverhead Books (2020), 352 pages
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The Vanishing half is the story of two twin sisters who live in a town where everyone is a light-skinned African American. The plot follows these two sisters as they leave the town where they grew up and go off together. Eventually they split, with one sister marrying a dark-skinned black man and the other sister deciding to pass for white and marrying a white man who doesn't know anything about her background.

The book delves into the issue of “passing,” the term used for light-skinned blacks who decide to pretend they are white. (This practice was also dealt with in Philip Roth's novel, The Human Stain.) It's interesting how Stella begins to pass in a gradual way. She needs a job but finds she can't apply for most of the jobs she wants due to the racism of the time and place where she is living. So she applies for a position without mentioning her background and gets it. Little by little she has to live with this lie and little by little she begins to appreciate the advantages, which culminate in her marriage to her wealthy boss.

Meanwhile her sister, Desiree, ends up in an abusive marriage. She has to leave her husband and returns to the town where they were born. Both of the sisters have daughters and those two cousins get to know each other later in the book.

The concept of passing is an interesting topic on its own but what makes Brit Bennett's handling of it even more interesting is that she introduces a transgender man. I suppose she put this character into her story so readers will compare the process of changing from black to white with the process of changing from female to male. It was strange how different my reaction was. I sympathized with the trans man but the woman passing for white seemed to be living a lie, especially when she dealt with other blacks.

I like books that make me think and this one stuck with me for a long time. The characters were well-developed. I sympathized with them which kept me wondering what was going to happen next. This is a fine book, one I would recommend to anyone. ( )
  SteveLindahl | Jan 16, 2022 |
It took me a bit to get into it but once I did I couldn’t put it down. So many complex relationships that felt very real and raw. It left a mark on my heart for sure. ( )
  KimZoot | Jan 2, 2022 |
When twins Desiree and Stella Vignes left town, they had no idea how far their paths would diverge. They grew up in Mallard, a small unincorporated village of light-skinned Black people but ran away to New Orleans, each for her own reasons. Desiree ends up coming back, with a dark-skinned child from an abusive marriage. Stella disappears.

This non-linear story explores not only Desiree and Stella, but also the next generation, and the impact of racism as it affected this one family. These characters are regular people just living their lives, and the reader is left grappling with the racism, colorism, and homophobia present in society. The writing is lovely and poignant without being flowery, and the story moves along quickly as the reader discovers what happened to Stella, and what the results of her choices and Desiree's are. ( )
  bell7 | Dec 18, 2021 |
Een verrassende roman over tweelingzussen, die opgroeien in een klein dorpje met bijna blanke gekleurde mensen. De ene zus gaat 'naar de overkant' en 'wordt wit', de andere zus leidt haar leven, krijgt een pikzwarte dochter (Jude) en gaat terug naar haar moeder. Enorm boeiend hoe dit verhaal is uitgewerkt. Spannend, interessant, meeslepend. Het einde was mooi maar zeker geen wensvervullend einde. ( )
  elsmvst | Dec 16, 2021 |
really good book about reinvention, and forgetting ( )
  austinburns | Dec 16, 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 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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