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The Vanishing Half: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett is one of the most talked about books of the year -- a stunning page-turner about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds: one black, and one white. It’s a powerful story about family, compassion, identity and roots.

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400 pages

Average rating: 7.54




Community Reviews

Jun 29, 2024
5/10 stars
The beginning was a hard start for me. I just couldn’t get into it at first. I found there was a lot of information about a lot of characters and so it got hard to follow at times. Then when I finally got into it, it ended so abruptly. I just felt like she put so much into the other parts of the book and then the ending felt cut short and very lack lustre. I wanted to like it more. It had potential.
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Margaux B
Jun 10, 2024
9/10 stars
Others have provided summaries, so I will give my impression of this book about twins who choose two different paths in their live and how it deeply affected them and everyone around them. This is a story that will stay with you long after it is read! It's a rich and well-written tapestry of one family that touched on many topics (all shades of racism, mother/daughter relationships, the bond of twins, etc) and makes this book a MUST read for book clubs. The story of the Vignes covers the 1960s to the 80s and is described in such techno-color that you see it unfold before you as the author meanders through their lives. This is not a linear story so be prepared for jumping around. I felt this added to the story rather than detracted. The sister who denied her heritage was a fascinating character, and maybe the saddest. While this story was brimming with interesting characters, the town of Mallard, Louisiana captivated me the most. This is a completely original story and I enjoyed every page. I did not get the ending at first and even after re-reading the final few pages, I wasn't happy with it. It took a few days before this book fully sunk in, and I could appreciate how it ended. I highly recommend it!
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May 30, 2024
8/10 stars
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Kelly Porton
May 16, 2024
8/10 stars
Really enjoyed reading this. Was tough topics told gently
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May 09, 2024
9/10 stars
I loved everything but the ending fell a bit flat for me. The rest of the book was engaging and wonderful!
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