Brit Bennett is out with her sophomore novel, THE VANISHING HALF (RiverheadBooks) following her bestselling debut, THE MOTHERS.
The first thing that came to my mind after reading THE VANISHING HALF is how thrilled I didn’t miss this novel. The characters are compelling, the plot layered and it comes at a perfect time as we as a nation are struggling with racism.
Desiree and Stella Vignes are identical twins. Their daddy was killed in front of them by “white men” and now they struggle to make ends meet with their mother, Adele. The twins are in tenth grade when their mother announces they have to go to work. They make a plan to leave Mallard, a city not on the map, for good. Desiree gets married and has a daughter, Jude, but eventually goes back. Stella is able to pass and decides to cut her family off and live her life as a white woman.
Brit does an amazing job weaving the different people in this family from the 1950s – 1990s. It’s thought provoking and beautifully written. There wasn’t moment I was glued to the page.
We’re thrilled to announce Brit signed a seven figure deal for a ten part mini series with HBO.
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 awardee, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her essays are featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your feelings about race in light of what’s going on in our country. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please