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The Vanishing Half: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Brit Bennett (Tekijä)

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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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Teoksen nimi:The Vanishing Half: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Brit Bennett (Tekijä)
Info:Riverhead Books (2020), 352 pages
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The Vanishing Half (tekijä: Brit Bennett) (2020)

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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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This is a lovely novel about complicated things. It starts, of course, with two Afro-American twin sisters growing up in the segregated South, one of whom passes for White while the other stays Black. It goes on, passing back and forth in time, to include their daughters. The characters are compelling and (mostly) lovable: I really cared about them. The writing is terrific, vivid and precise without any hint of pretentiousness. And the story is powerful. A terrific book. ( )
  annbury | Jan 14, 2021 |
It's hard to imagine Brit Bennett didn't think she had another book in her after 'The Mothers'. This book is lovely. A story about twin sisters growing up in the town of Mallard, Louisiana... an entire town that could pass for white. About choosing paths in life and how that can resonate through the generations. There is a breeziness to the writing that could sometimes be mistaken for not being a skill, not being overwritten. But underneath that breeziness there is much substance though your eyes are speeding along. Only a couple books come to mind in this category, so it's something that I notice but rare... also hard to explain. I do wish, not only for the book but also the real lives of people of color, that the specific color of skin wasn't so influential in how someone sees themselves, or how a town sees you, or the world. Or that skin color shouldn't be one of the factors directing a life. It seems so sad and so unnecessary. Shouldn't things be beyond this by now? Culture should be important, not skin tone. Some books that sit next to this one on the shelf, in my mind: 'Passing' by Nella Larsen, 'Homegoing' by Yaa Gyasi (and probably her other book, haven't read it yet), and 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo. ( )
  booklove2 | Jan 14, 2021 |
Good, except ending! ( )
  BobbieJR | Jan 14, 2021 |
Intriguing story line -very thought provoking. Loved the fist 1/4 of the book then felt like it feel apart a bit. Too many big issues would have liked fewer issues and going deeper into them. Enjoyed several characters, others were not really fully developed. ( )
  carolfoisset | Jan 13, 2021 |
In my opinion, this book is one of 2020's best books. One's identity is important to all aspects of their life but hiding it can hurt others. This book will let readers understand the importance of color shades were to blacks before the "black is beautiful." It is sad , that blacks needed to pass as white to have a chance in life. It is also sad, that in 2021, the white community still judge individuals by their color. ( )
  Gingersnap000 | Jan 9, 2021 |
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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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