The Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

£8.99

Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of The Vanishing Half for collection at the Marlow Bookshop. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this item is ready for collection. For delivery by post add the address to the order notes and we will be in touch to arrange payment.


    Fiction

    Paperback

    9780349701479

    Published April 2021

    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’ story lines 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.

    The Colony by Audrey Magee | 9780571367597

    The Colony

    Audrey Magee

    £14.99

    The Trees by Percival Everett | 9781914391170

    The Trees

    Percival Everett

    £9.99

    Trust by Hernan Diaz | 9781529074499

    Trust

    Hernan Diaz

    £16.99

    The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka | 9781908745903

    The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

    Shehan Karunatilaka

    £16.99

    Night Crawling by Leila Mottley | 9781526634566

    Night Crawling

    Leila Mottley

    £16.99

    Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer | 9781529069365

    Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

    Maddie Mortimer

    £14.99