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. In 2014, she received the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.

We’re fortunate to have one copy to give away. Just tell us your views on racism. We’ll announce a winn. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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25 thoughts on “THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

  1. I am so saddened that so many can’t see beyond the events the press puts in front of us. It goes so much deeper. Until people can educate themselves to the struggle that has preceded what is happening in the present – racism won’t be properly addressed.

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  2. I have been forced to open my eyes to institutional racism in the United States, thanks to my twenty-something children and recent current events. Since racism had never personally touched my family, it was not something I took the time to examine. I suspect there are many others who have behaved in a similar manner: one of neglect. We cannot change the past, but we can choose to learn from it, and make positive changes to promote equality among all races.

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  3. Wow, this book sounds like a great read and like a Must read! I think Racism is taught , Unfortunately racism has always been and it will always be around. Too bad it cannot be stopped. I just don’t understand it, we were all created by the same Creator and we were all created equal. My oldest daughter who is 42 now has told me that she never saw color differences, I always taught my children and now my grandchildren that we were all created equal and by the same Creator, God. It just saddens me that racism is still around. Have a Great week and stay safe.

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  4. We all of course immediately think racism is wrong, but as we’ve been forced to put ourselves in others’ shoes a bit lately it becomes clear just how wrong, and how we must fix it. Sadly, I think it is going to take a long time and we must all stay the course.

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  5. I remember growing up how racist my maternal grandparents were, as well as my husband’s parents. I’m so glad that my husband and I have been able to turn things around in our immediate family so that my own children have no tolerance for racism. I’ve so been looking forward to this book.

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  6. Unnecessary, unfortunate…even tiresome sometimes. Not something I am accustomed to. My parents had friends of many nationalities, so it wasn’t even a topic unless it was to discuss something like differences in foods or locations to visit. Traveled a lot growing up & enjoyed the diversity (in every category) of the people I encountered. If we were all exactly the same it would be awfully boring. 🙂

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  7. Unfortunately, racism is too often seen, even from some of our top leaders in this country. I have a hard time tolerating ignorant comments that put others down.

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  8. My thoughts on racism… has no place in our world. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks the same. My favorite saying……In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND…..says it all.

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  9. I was taught by my parents to not be prejudice against anyone. I’ve always tried to treat everyone with respect even those that may look different than me. I treat others as they treat me. Our nation is terribly divided by recent events. I pray for understanding and peace.

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