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The Vanishing Half

von Brit Bennett

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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"--… (mehr)
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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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Generación tras generación, la comunidad negra del pueblo de Mallard, en Luisiana, ha intentado aclarar el tono de su piel favoreciendo los matrimonios mixtos. Las inseparables gemelas Desirée y Stella Vignes, con su color níveo, sus ojos castaños y su cabello ondulado, son un buen ejemplo de ello. Tan distintas y tan iguales, decidieron huir juntas del diminuto pueblo creyendo que también podrían escapar de su sangre. Años después y ante la mirada atónita de todos, Desireé regresa acompañada de una niña negra como el carbón. Hace tiempo que no sabe nada de Stella, después de que decidiera desaparecer y renunciar definitivamente a sus orígenes para vivir otra vida como mujer de raza blanca.

Aclamada como la digna heredera de Toni Morrison y James Baldwin, Brit Bennett es una de las grandes revelaciones de la literatura afroamericana de los últimos tiempos.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Sep 17, 2021 |
Desiree and Stella are twins who live in a town where everyone is very light skinned. They leave home at 16. Eventually Desiree returns with her dark skinned daughter. Stella passes into the white world through marriage. While Desiree wonders about Stella she does not seriously look for her but Jade, her daughter, does. Will Jade find Stella? If she does, how do their worlds collide? Can they reconcile? Do they want to?

I did not think I would like this book. I always find books that are super-hyped never live up to expectations but I was wrong about this book. It is one of the best books I have read this year. I liked how the book was set up, in parts which focus on a year and one character with the other characters on the edge to step in to move the story along. The character development is fantastic. I felt I knew the main characters well by the end of the book. I knew they acted in character. I think that Jade and Kennedy, Stella's daughter, will keep in touch in secret so their parents have no idea they know each other as well as they do. I don't think the parents will have any contact with each other. That's what I think but we'll need another book to know for sure.

I was interested in both Desiree and Stella's stories. Desiree was very open about her past although she did not dwell on it and moved on. Stella lived a life of lies and was caught in her past. She was so afraid of her past coming out and of losing her present and future. I know that I would have a hard time living all the lies and being in fear of losing it all. Stella had no one. The one person,, Loretta Walker, her one black neighbor who might have counted as a friend she lost by her attitude and her lessons to her daughter. It was sad. Stella needed a confidante. Her husband and her neighbors knew she had a secret but none knew how powerful it was nor was anyone able to get it out of her.

I would like to know what happened to Stella and the girls. I know what I think but I wonder if Stella ever let her husband know. Did she ever trust him enough to let go of her secret? ( )
  Sheila1957 | Sep 15, 2021 |
“She hadn't realized how long it takes to become somebody else, or how lonely it can be living in a world not meant for you.”
― Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
“The only difference between lying and acting was whether your audience was in on it, but it was all a performance just the same.”
― Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
“A town always looked different once you'd returned, like a house where all the furniture had shifted three inches. You wouldn't mistake it for a stranger's house but you'd keeping banging your shins on the table corners.”
― Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
“She’d tell her because, in spite of everything, Loretta was her only friend in the world. Because she knew that, if it came down to her word versus Loretta’s, she would always be believed. And knowing this, she felt, for the first time, truly white.”
― Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
  taurus27 | Sep 15, 2021 |
Read first in August 2020. ( )
  libq | Sep 13, 2021 |
Engaging, well written and well crafted, the story of 2 twin black sisters and their families. Focuses on indentity, blackness, passing, sexual identity and AIDS. ( )
1 abstimmen pennykaplan | Sep 1, 2021 |
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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