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Book: Brit Bennett: The Vanishing Half


It took me two days to read this book. A great summer read, from £2.50 (e-Bay).

Read it as the story of the lives of twin sisters who grow up in a black Southern community during the 1960s, and who go their different ways: how do they deal with the consequences of their actions? Or you could see it as a backdrop for BLM moving mainstream – but the author makes it clear that she did not write the book for a white audience; themes are pigmentocracy, transgressing race, racism, slavery, resistance, a new identity.

This is Brit’s second novel. The book has been extensively reviewed (SOLO online: Washington Post, The Observer, Wall Street Journal), and you can listen to Brit discussing her novel on BBC Sounds “Start the Week:  2020: Brit Bennett on race, identity and protest” (29 June 2020 and available for one year).


This is a post by our Part-time Student Representative, Brigitte Whitehead. Find more about the Book Club here.