The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

Review :

So well written and so interesting! I've never read anything by Britt Bennett but this won't be my last. The story focuses on twin sisters, Desiree and Stella, and their daughters, Jude and Kennedy. The twins come from Mallard, Louisiana, where having light skin is greatly valued. The twins' skin is light enough that Stella decides to "pass" as white and disappears from Desiree's life in the late 1960s when they are in their early 20s. The story then moves back and forth in time and from the different characters' perspectives. Bennett's writing is lovely, making the read smooth and engaging. The structure of the story is original. And the story and characters kept me interested and curious from beginning to end. Can't ask for anything better in a novel - especially at a time when I find it challenging to find novels that keep my attention. This was a buddy read with Angela and Diane - it made for interesting discussion and I suspect this one would be a great book club read. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for an advance copy.

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