The Vanishing Half – Book Review – No Spoilers

I wanted to read this as soon as I read about it in one of the articles that covered books coming out this summer.

It follows a set of twins from a small Southern town. They recognize that the town is holding them back and decide to run away to New Orleans. There their paths split and one decides to live as white, exploring the subject and history of racial passing.

I think it is a great book to read during what’s going on right now. I think it would be perfect for a book club and could foster an honest relationship about race. My book club has picked this for Oct and I can’t wait for the discussions. I hope everyone is open minded when we have them.

It’s interesting because the four main characters, the twins and their two daughters, all experience racism differently. It could easily lead to a discussion on who you most align with or could relate to the most.

I feel like this is such a short review for how much I loved the book. I did just finish it a couple of hours ago, so I may still be processing it.

I highly, highly, highly recommend this book! Read it! Support Brit Bennett!! Read her essay, I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People.

If you are doing the Popsugar challenge, this would of course fit for a book written by a WOC. Would also work for a book with a three word title, a book that was published in 2020, or a book with at least a 4 star rating. For me it would work for a book published the month of your birthday. If you like my blog you could use it for a book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club.

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