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Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, USA Today, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Bustle

Praise for The Vanishing Half

"[Bennett's] second [book], The Vanishing Half, more than lives up to her early promise. . . more expansive yet also deeper, a multi-generational family saga that tackles prickly issues of racial identity and bigotry and conveys the corrosive effects of secrets and dissembling. It's also a great read that will transport you out of your current circumstances, whatever they are. . . Like The Mothers, this novel keeps you turning pages not just to find out what happens." --NPR

"Bennett's gorgeously written second novel, an ambitious meditation on race and identity, considers the divergent fates of twin sisters, born in the Jim Crow South, after one decides to pass for white. Bennett balances the literary demands of dynamic characterization with the historical and social realities of her subject matter."--The New York Times

"A story of absolute, universal timelessness -- a story of what it means to simply be, to grow up and define oneself and reinvent, to negotiate a place in the world. It's also a deeply American story, rigorously engaged with a country's racist past and present, while interrogative of its foundational values, like choice and legacy. 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

"Beautifully written, thought-provoking and immersive... Issues of privilege, inter-generational 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 and highly recommended." --Associated Press

"Bennett pulls it off brilliantly... Few novels manage to remain interesting from start to finish, even -- maybe especially -- the brilliant ones. But... Bennett locks readers in and never lets them go... Stunning...She leaves any weighty parallels -- between, for example, racial and gender determinism -- to the reader. Her restraint is the novel's great strength, and it's tougher than it looks... The Vanishing Half speaks ultimately of a universal vanishing. It concerns the half of everyone that disappears once we leave home -- love or hate the place, love or hate ourselves." --Los Angeles Times

"Provides a meditation on the nuance of race that feels important, now more than ever. It's the kind of novel that demands to be read -- a propulsive, heartfelt work that keeps its reader both glued to the page and chastened by the idea that soon the experience will come to an end. . . You can call The Vanishing Half an escape, but it's a meaningful one." --InStyle

My hope is that the warranted praise Ms. Bennett receives for this novel will have less to do with her efficient handling of timely, or 'relevant, ' subject matter than for her insights into the mysterious compound of what we call truth: a mixture of the identities we're born with and those we create.--Wall Street Journal

"Reinvention and erasure are two sides of the same coin. Bennett asks us to consider the meaning of authenticity when we are faced with racism, colorism, sexism and homophobia. What price do we pay to be ourselves? How many of us choose to escape what is expected of us? And what happens to the other side of the equation, the side we leave behind? The Vanishing Half answers all these questions in this exquisite story of love, survival and triumph." --The Washington Post

"A stunning page-turner... It's a powerful story about family, compassion, identity and roots... You will be thinking about The Vanishing Half long after you turn the final page." --Good Morning America

"Intricately plotted, exceedingly moving story...with insights into the social and cultural history of passing, while telling what is at heart a tender story about sisterhood, identity and, as Bennett said, 'the endlessly interesting question of which elements in our identity are innate, and which do we choose?'--San Francisco Chronicle

"Breathtaking plot." --People

I don't think I've read a book that covers passing in the way that this one does . . epic. --Kiley Reid in O, the Oprah Magazine

"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

"Bennett creates a striking portrait of racial identity in America." --TIME

"Bennett writes like a master, reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Anne Tyler and Elizabeth Strout." --BookPage

"This is sure to be one of 2020's best and boldest... A tale of family, identity, race, history, and perception, Bennett's next masterpiece is a triumph of character-driven narrative." --Elle

"A marvel...The Vanishing Half is an intergenerational examination of identity, and what it's like to grow up in a body you've been conditioned to feel ashamed of. It's a poignant family story that doesn't shy away from the intersections of race, class, and gender--all while capturing the reader's heart and mind in a way only Bennett can." --The Rumpus

Irresistible ... an intergenerational epic of race and reinvention, love and inheritance, divisions made and crossed, binding trauma, and the ever-present past. --Booklist, STARRED Review

Assured and magnetic. . .Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism...calls up Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. . . . [a] rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.--Kirkus, STARRED review

Impressive ... This prodigious follow-up surpasses Bennett's formidable debut.--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

"The Vanishing Half is an utterly mesmerising novel, which gripped me from the first word to the last. It seduces with its literary flair, surprises with its breath-taking plot twists, delights with its psychological insights, and challenges us to consider the corrupting consequences of racism on different communities and individual lives. I absolutely loved this book." --Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

"The detail and the feeling showcased in every sentence Brit Bennett writes is breath taking. The Vanishing Half is a novel that shows just how human emotion, uncertainty and longing can be captured and put on paper." --Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie

A novel of immense, shining, powerful intelligence." --Deborah Levy, two-time Booker shortlisted novelist

"An impressive and arresting novel. Perceptive in its insights and poised in execution, this is an important, timely examination of the impact of race on personality, experience and relationships." --Diana Evans, the Orange Award winning author of Ordinary People

"The Vanishing Half should mark the induction of Brit Bennett into the small group of likely successors to Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Nella Larsen.." --Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mothers, a powerful new novel about the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two very different worlds - one black and one white. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File Size : 1225 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 308 pages
  • Publisher : Dialogue Books (2 June 2020)
  • ASIN : B082KH5D4M
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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