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    Number-One New York Times Best Seller

    One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of the Year

    Named a Best Book of 2020 by The New York Times * The Washington Post * NPR * People * Time Magazine * Vanity Fair * Glamour

    “Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” (Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal)

    A story of absolute, universal timelessness.... For any era, it's an accomplished, affecting novel. For this moment, it's piercing, subtly wending its way toward questions about who we are and who we want to be.” (Entertainment Weekly)

    From The New York Times best-selling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one Black and one White.

    The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, Southern Black community and running away at age 16, 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. Many 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 best-selling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing pause-resister about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate, and wise.

    ©2020 Brit Bennett (P)2020 Penguin Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    "[Bennett’s] fiction is filled with very simple truths that are extremely wise." (Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal)

    "Not to be missed." (Harper’s Bazaar)

    "Here, in her sensitive, elegant prose, [Bennett] evokes both the strife of racism, and what it does to a person even if they can evade some of its elements." (Vogue)

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    Promising start, expected more

    The book starts off well by tackling colorism which is an issue all over the world in addition to racism, passing, gender inequality, etc. However, just when you think it is going well the story shifts to Jade and then to Reese, but their characters are not fully developed in a credible way. Somehow, Jade while fully occupied with Stella, manages to excel in academics. The author teases out Reese’s character a bit but then very disappointingly gives up on his journey. That character has a lot of depth and promise and deserves an entire book.
    The book’s formula seems overly simplistic. Black is white/right and white is black/dark. Meaning, black characters are hardworking, noble and right whereas white characters are all flawed.
    All this makes the middle rather predictable and sag quite a bit but I patiently trudged along hoping for a big reveal, some kind of redemption for Stella, some kind of closure for Jade and Reese but the end is rather abrupt and disappointing. None of the characters reach their full potential.
    Some things I liked: southern setting, unusual professions. Liked Early’s character the best.

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    gently pulling you in deeper and deeper

    i wasnt convinced when it started but found myself unable to put it down as the plot advanced.

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    great Story,gerade production

    absolutely marvelous. the story is extremely well thought out with lots of anticipation and suspense. loved the individual characters.