If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Black History Month, or if you are just looking for an addictive page-turner, then you should check out The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. If you’re looking for a book to get back into reading, The Vanishing Half is the perfect fast-paced, entertaining novel to pick up.
The Vanishing Half tells the story of the Vignes twins, Desiree and Stella, and their attempt to escape their small, racially-obsessed town. However, Desiree and Stella’s relationship is put to the test when Stella decides to leave her past behind her and pass for white. We see how the twins’ different racial identities lead them into separate communities and livelihoods, while also putting their family ties to the test. The story shows how Stella’s passing has affected generations of the Vignes family.
The Vanishing Half is an encapsulating story with well-thought-out and enthralling characters. The novel highlights the characters’ connections with their race and how they present themselves to the world.
Throughout the novel, the reader can learn about how the characters are treated based on their race and how people of different races navigate the world. The Vanishing Half is Brit Bennett’s second novel, following her debut novel The Mothers, both of which have appeared on The New York Times Bestseller List. Make sure to catch Brit Bennett on March 7th at a special Tulane reading!
Cover Photo: New York Times