The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the historical fiction novel, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. This book was published in June 2020 by Riverhead Books and has a page count of 352 pages. The audiobook is read by Brit Bennett and is 11 hours & 34 minutes in length. The following overview is provided from the B&N page: 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. 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?

This book was beautifully written. There are emotional themes that make you reflect on all aspects of life. From the way we see ourselves within our family structures to the way, we see ourselves in society as a whole. I related most to the jarring differences or outcomes for people raised in the same household. This is a heavy and beautiful read. I highly recommend this read to everyone.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Shipat Chau. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the historical fiction novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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