Contemporary U.S. Literature

The Vanishing Half

August 3, 2021
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This makes an interesting companion piece to the last novel I read, Homegoing, as it, too, is about two sisters who grow up in completely different worlds. Here, we have very light-skinned twins, one of whom passes over as white and never goes back. Both have daughters, and these girls eventually, improbably, meet up 2,000 miles away from where their mothers were raised. It’s a gripping plot, and written in an unencumbered way–I selected this for my neighborhood bookclub and everyone who read it claimed they loved it. I listened to the audiobook of Bennett’s The Mothers a few years ago and loved it, so I knew this would also be a good story. I can’t wait to see what Bennett writes next.

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