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The Vanishing Half

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/04/2021
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The Vanishing Half
Simply brilliant
This is a family story, centred around twin sisters, living in the American Deep South, in racially segregated 1950s within a small town populated by a mix... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The Vanishing Half
I wanted to read this when it first came out in hardback. When the paperback was picked as a Waterstones book of the month I knew it was time to read it. I... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
The Vanishing Half
Beautifully crafted novel covering many important themes
What a beautifully crafted novel about race, identity, family, class, motherhood, gender and secrets – I loved it! I found it to be so moving; Bennett is a... READ MORE
Helen Dipietro


Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for May 2021 Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021 Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2021 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' story lines 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.

  • Publisher: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 9780349701479
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 300g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 28 mm

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The Vanishing Half
A wonderful book, masterful in its story-telling, thought-provoking, and deeply emotional.
Within The Vanishing Half Brit Bennet has covered a wealth of topics: racism, family ties, love, loss, and so much more. At the core this novel tackles rac... READ MORE
The Vanishing Half
I wanted to enjoy it
Sadly I am not in agreement with the broader reception of this novel. I found that the novel tried to be unique but was riddled with cliches and underdevel... READ MORE
The Vanishing Half
Didn’t live up to the hype
I couldn’t wait to read this book after reading so many amazing reviews and thought it would be right up my street. I’ve just finished it and I’m still un... READ MORE
Nia ST
The Vanishing Half
Had potential
I had high hopes for this book. Really enjoyed in until the last few chapters. It had so much potential but the ending was disappointing
Jaymisha Davda
The Vanishing Half
Passes the time
I picked this book up after seeing it reviewed on Between the Covers. I wanted to enjoy the book but found it slow in places and almost as if it was trying... READ MORE
The Vanishing Half
The vanishing half.
Great read - I first saw this book on the BBC - Book programme and I was not disappointed. Was sadden by the racist in America. I think this book makes yo... READ MORE
Jackie Nolan
The Vanishing Half
Such a joy to read.
The Vanishing Half is a title that really falls outwith my normal genre. But this year I am trying to expand my reading and I am so glad that I did as I l... READ MORE
Kelly at Waterstones Aviemore
The Vanishing Half
A very well written book.
A lovely book to read, hard to put down and couldn’t wait to get back to. A very honest look at race and skin colour in society and in the black community.... READ MORE
Primrose Chindundundu
The Vanishing Half
complex but great
After trying to read The Mothers, which I ended up DNF because I didn’t like the format and the writing, I finally read The Vanishing Half.⁣ ⁣ It had quite... READ MORE
The Vanishing Half
Stayed with it
I had heard rave reviews of this book,I have to say that I almost gave up in the first half,however I stayed with it and found the second half more intere... READ MORE
The Vanishing Half
Unique, but something missing for me…
Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021, The Vanishing Half tells the tale of twins Desiree and Stella Vignes from a place called Mallard; which... READ MORE
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The Vanishing Half
My favourite so far this year…
In ‘The Vanishing Half’ we follow two sides of the same family. Desiree & Stella are twins growing up in a small, southern, black community in 1950s Americ... READ MORE
Gemma Dudley
The Vanishing Half
Forgettable. Reading a novel is an investment of time, in return for which you should feel enriched somehow. I don't know that this book offered me any... READ MORE
Rachel Moulden
The Vanishing Half
Thought provoking
This is a story of 2 twin sisters that leave their home, together, at a young age, and then take their own paths in life. It takes place between the 1950s ... READ MORE
Ana Bastos