Detailing the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters, The Vanishing Half weaves together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s.
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.
It explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett
graduated from Stanford University and later earned her
MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the
2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.
Her work is featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review and Jezebel. She is one of the National Book Foundation's 2016 ‘5 Under 35’ honourees.
For ages 16+
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