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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: 7.56

3,223 RATINGS

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54 REVIEWS

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margardenlady
Dec 27, 2023
10/10 stars
Stella and Desiree are twins, living in a small LA town, subjected to the racism of the area. They are black, but light enough skinned to ‘pass’. And Stella does and vanishes. The book traces the lives of these sisters and their own daughters, examining issues of race and identity in very thoughtful ways. There is no judgment posed in the book, nor is there any false superiority. Just lives torn by regret, but lived as well as possible with the o...read more
Sarah!
Dec 13, 2023
7/10 stars
It got better!
erinmarie0903
Nov 28, 2023
10/10 stars
The story follows the life of identical twins, Desiree & Stella. Born with black skin so fair, they could pass as white. They leave home as teenagers in search of a better life. One decides to move forward as a black woman, the other 'vanishes' and lives as a white woman. Cutting off all contact with her black family.

We follow their story over the next 25+ years. Relationships, children, careers, education and opportunities - able to com...read more
Akraft
Nov 16, 2023
8/10 stars
This book was really great. It took me longer to read, but I was intrigued the entire time. It really painted the picture of how life was back in the day and I loved how the story had a whole full circle moment. I also connected being biracial like the characters and kinda feeling in the middle of both words!
Carol.Ann
Nov 16, 2023
8/10 stars
Loved the writing style, characters, and timeliness of the topics touched upon in this novel. Be prepared book lovers - it's engaging, thought provoking, and will generate great discussions with your friends.

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