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The Vanishing Half (2020)

– tekijä: 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"--… (lisätietoja)
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    Passing (tekijä: Nella Larsen) (bhowell)
    bhowell: Passing by Nella Larsen is classic literature and a look at the same issue early in the 20th century
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 45) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
In The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, the Vignes twins grew up in a town where light skin is prized but did not protect them from being black. Once they ran away when they were 16 they began to see the world for what it was, one that might even allow them to become white. While one twin vanishes into whiteness as another finds her way home, this leaves both the twins and their families in a decades-long search for identity and belonging.

Read the rest of my review - https://bythecoverreview.com/2020/10/19/review-the-vanishing-half-by-brit-bennet... ( )
  bythecoverreview | Oct 19, 2020 |
This follows twin sisters Desiree and Stella, as well as their daughters, Jude and Kennedy, as Desiree lives her life as a black woman while Stella abandons her twin without a goodbye and passes for white. With each segment labeled by the year/years it takes place in, it’s easy enough to know where you’re at in the story, even towards the end when time shifts back and forth a bit.

You spend a good portion of the novel with each of these four women. Each time the story would step away from one character and move
on to another, I started out with some resentment, wanting to stay with the character I’d been in the midst of getting to know, inevitably though, I found the next character just as absorbing, just as dimensional (though Jude’s totally my favorite).

While relying on a coincidence to move the plot along does tend to bother me, I didn’t mind it here, there was just enough plausibility to the situation, and more than that, the writing is so strong and emotionally rewarding when characters do intersect that it would just be ridiculous to harp on the odds of characters crossing paths when all that matters is that it leads to some truly satisfying moments.

The Vanishing Half had so much to offer and think on, whether it’s the long-lasting impact of an abusive relationship, two sweet and genuinely devoted romances, friendship, gender identity, beauty ideals, wealth and poverty, feminism and women pursuing career goals despite obstacles of husbands or color, and most of all, an exploration of racism in black and white communities. It’s a lot of ground for one book to cover yet this juggles it all wonderfully well, it never feels rushed or like it’s ticking important topic boxes, it tackles some big subjects in a way that feels intimate, it lives up to the hype. ( )
  SJGirl | Oct 18, 2020 |
African-Americans who pass as white people have been a staple of melodramatic fiction for decades. In The Vanishing Half we have not only the traditional story of a black woman passing as white, but the more controversial story of a trans man hiding his origins as a female, and a gay black man who transforms himself into Bianca when he works in a club on the weekends.

The story begins with the Vigne twins, Desiree and Stella, who live in Mallard, Louisiana, a town so small it's on no maps. Mallard was founded by an ancestor of the twins as a place for light-skinned African-Americans - the lighter the skin, the better. Dark-skinned people are assigned all the same stereotypical traits that white people assign to black people of all skin tones. It's a stifling atmosphere, and when the twins' father is killed by Klan members and the family falls into poverty, they begin to question the privleged nature of their town.

The twins run away to New Orleans where Stella begins to pass as a white woman in order to obtain a secretarial job at the Maison Blanche department store. When her boss expresses a romantic interest in Stella, she decides to pass for real and disappears from her family.

Desiree, meanwhile, moves to Washington, DC and marries the blackest man she can find and fathers a very dark daughter. When her husband becomes abusive, Desiree flees with her daughter and returns to Mallard. There her daughter, Jude endures vicious colorist slurs from everyone in town because she's so black.

Fast forward a decade or so & Jude is in Los Angeles attending college. She becomes involved with a trans man, Reese, who has also fled his former life & real family (and yes, I know the two things are not really analogous).

Stella, meanwhile is living a privleged life in Brentwood and has a beautiful blond daughter. When it's learned that a black family is moving into the neighborhood, Stella acts more outraged than any of the other people in the neighborhood. however, once the family moves in, she finds herself drawn to the woman now living across the street from her house, and makes several friendly overtures toward her, although not so friendly that the neighbor is invited to Stella's Christmas party.

Of course, the two sides of the family are bound to collide , and they do; although not happily. The point of the book seems to be, that denying who you are never ends well. ( )
  etxgardener | Oct 16, 2020 |
Fascinating on so many levels, told with clear voices, and excellent writing. Pandemic read. ( )
  bookczuk | Oct 15, 2020 |
This was good. Not “ a classic” status as I was led to believe. I felt the characters and some incidents could have been more developed. Bennett introduces many characters, so this was spread a little thinner than I expected. However, the storyline and pacing moved along very well and kept me engaged. Perhaps the author could explore the characters further with a sequel. For instance, I wonder how Jude and Reese would be doing in today‘s world (the novel takes place over the years up to the early 1980s). ( )
  ValerieAndBooks | Oct 7, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 45) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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.
 
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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