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From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of The Mothers , A Stunning New Novel About Twin Sisters, Inseparable As Children, Who Ultimately Choose To Live In Two Very Different Worlds, One Black And One White The Vignes Twin Sisters Will Always Be Identical But After Growing Up Together In A Small, Southern Black Community And Running Away At Age Sixteen, It S Not Just The Shape Of Their Daily Lives That Is Different As Adults, It S Everything Their Families, Their Communities, Their Racial Identities Ten Years Later, One Sister Lives With Her Black Daughter In The Same Southern Town She Once Tried To Escape The Other Secretly Passes For White, And Her White Husband Knows Nothing Of Her Past Still, Even Separated By So Many Miles And Just As Many Lies, The Fates Of The Twins Remain Intertwined What Will Happen To The Next Generation, When Their Own Daughters Storylines Intersect Weaving Together Multiple Strands And Generations Of This Family, From The Deep South To California, From The S To The S, Brit Bennett Produces A Story That Is At Once A Riveting, Emotional Family Story And A Brilliant Exploration Of The American History Of PassingLooking Well Beyond Issues Of Race,The Vanishing Half Considers The Lasting Influence Of The Past As It Shapes A Person S Decisions, Desires, And Expectations, And Explores Some Of The Multiple Reasons And Realms In Which People Sometimes Feel Pulled To Live As Something Other Than Their OriginsAs With Her New York Times Bestselling Debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett Offers An Engrossing Page Turner About Family And Relationships That Is Immersive And Provocative, Compassionate And Wise 4.5 stars The Vanishing Half , Brit Bennett s second novel, is powerful and incredibly relevant given the moment our society is in right now You can escape a town, but you cannot escape blood Somehow, the Vignes twins believed themselves capable of both Stella and Desiree Vignes grew up in Mallard, Louisiana, a town whose population is composed of immensely light skinned African American people They re actually descendants of the founder, but their lives were traumatized by their witnessin 4.5 stars The Vanishing Half , Brit Bennett s second novel, is powerful and incredibly relevant given the moment our society is in right now You can escape a town, but you cannot escape blood Somehow, the Vignes twins believed themselves capable of both Stella and Desiree Vignes grew up in Mallard, Louisiana, a town whose population is composed of immensely light skinned African American people They re actually descendants of the founder, but their lives were traumatized by their witnessing a horrible event in their childhood Both sisters wanted somethingout of life than cleaning people s houses Stella dreamed of college and Desiree dreamed of excitement The two fled to New Orleans one night to pursue a new life.But years later, Desiree returns to Mallard with her daughter, Jude, in tow, while Stella has chosen to live a very different life, and a lie at that.The book tells Desiree and Stella s stories as well as the stories of their daughters, Jude and Kennedy It s a powerful meditation on how intertwined family remains even when apart, and how decisions can ripple through the generations It s also a look at sexual identity, self acceptance, and the way home can be both a comfort and a curse.More than that, this is a book about race and the unconscious biases that exist among people in the same groups It s such a timely conversation but it s never heavy handed Not all of the characters are likable, but they re all fascinating in their own way.Brit Bennett once again proves, as she did with her debut novel The Mothers , that she is a born storyteller This is a book that will be talked about for some time.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at News flash HBO and Brit Bennett made a 7 figure deal for the adaptation of the book into limited series Wowza This is unique This is impeccable This is perfectly written and I wished it never ended, pushed myself to read it slower, rereading some chapters over and over It s phenomenal and one of the best readings of the year Welcome to Mallard Louisa small town can be hardly found or never found on your maps maybe you may accidentally find there during your unluckiest hitchhiking exp News flash HBO and Brit Bennett made a 7 figure deal for the adaptation of the book into limited series Wowza This is unique This is impeccable This is perfectly written and I wished it never ended, pushed myself to read it slower, rereading some chapters over and over It s phenomenal and one of the best readings of the year Welcome to Mallard Louisa small town can be hardly found or never found on your maps maybe you may accidentally find there during your unluckiest hitchhiking experience A town has been founded by Alphonse Decuir, inherited acres of land from his father, making this place the home of people who are not accepted in the white community but also who reject to be treated like negroes And in 1938 two little girls identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born Throughout the years they have been having hard times to find their places in the community, Desiree always told her sister she would find a way to get the hell of there It s not easy to relate in place where its people think if you have lighter skin, you may have better luck And when they are sixteen, their mother pushes them to leave school and work in a wealthy white people s gorgeous mansion as cleaners Stella starts yearning the rich people s lives as Desiree dreams other possibilities they can have When she watches Roman Holiday at the theater she dreams to be actress which makes her thing endless possibilities of outer world as soon as she escape from her prisoner life in the town.And one day they truly leave the town to go to New Orleans, only two hours away But as you can imagine running away from your home in your young ages without enough money and life experiment push the girls limits They may take risks or go back to the place where they run So both of them take different paths which result with different life patterns Stella marries with a wealthy white man and has a girl who thinks she is white as Desiree chooses to end her relationship with her abusive husband and go back to Mallard 14 years later with her child and because of her child s dark skin she is not welcomed by town s people Even though I had some prejudged approach to Stella s life choices, it was impossible not to ache for her as you witness her melancholy, loneliness, trying to living a lie Throughout 40 years, we witness twins lives and see how their daughters paths cross Normally I don t like to read stories told by too many POVS which could be confusing and create unnecessary commotion in my head but this time hearing multiple voices and reading the incredible stories which are connected and completed each other like puzzle pieces were joyful reading experience for me.This story is truly though provoking, extremely emotional, soul crushing, realistic, shaking you to the core This is one of the books stay with you forever I truly enjoyed each chapter, characters and I highly recommend it to fiction, historical fiction genre lovers After this fantastic literature feast, I m looking forward to read the author s previous work Mothers bloginstagramfacebooktwitter NOW AVAILABLE There were many ways to be alienated from someone, few to actually belong.i know it looks like i m over here five starring a lot of books in a row all of a sudden, but it s not so much that i ve lucked into a run of excellent reading choices as it is me finally sitting down to review books so good it s been intimidating me to even think about reviewing them ALTHOUGH if we re being super duper honest, Blacktop Wasteland and Betty were both 4s going in but 4.5s in my heart that NOW AVAILABLE There were many ways to be alienated from someone, few to actually belong.i know it looks like i m over here five starring a lot of books in a row all of a sudden, but it s not so much that i ve lucked into a run of excellent reading choices as it is me finally sitting down to review books so good it s been intimidating me to even think about reviewing them ALTHOUGH if we re being super duper honest, Blacktop Wasteland and Betty were both 4s going in but 4.5s in my heart that got bumped up to fives when rereading them for the review made me remember how dingdang good they were this one was a five out of the gate it s so good i don t even know where to start it s a family saga that takes place over the course of forty or so years, beginning in 1938 with the birth of twin sisters stella and desiree vignes in the town of mallard, louisiana a black community with an unusual beginning The idea arrived to Alphonse Decuir in 1848, as he stood in the sugarcane fields he d inherited from the father who d once owned him The father now dead, the now freed son wished to build something on those acres of land that would last for centuries to come A town for men like him, who would never be accepted as white but refused to be treated like Negroes A third place.the residents embraced their founder s dream of aperfect Negro Each generation lighter than the one before, and by the time the vignes girls his great great great granddaughters are born, his bloodline has been bleached into creamy skin, hazel eyes, and wavy hair, none of which attributes protect them from racism from seeing their father lynched in their home when they are little girls, or from race factoring into their lives and shaping their opportunities when they run away from home as teenagers they live together in new orleans for a few years before stella abruptly cuts ties with her sister and disappears into a new life that she will live as a white woman marrying a wealthy white man and raising a daughter who has no idea she s anything but white meanwhile, desiree will leave the abusive father of her own daughter and move back to mallard, her child s exceptional darkness there unexpected, unwelcome eventually, three generations of paths will cross, secrets will be discovered, everyone ll have to address their choices honestly, i don t want to blah and blah about plot i always spend way too much time on silly reviews, writing 20 page dissertations on minutiae that nobody cares about but meeeee before deleting all of it anyway and i need to stop being foolish with my time and learn to do things in miniaturized efficiency when i m not getting paid but i will say that this is a tremendous second novel after a really impressive debut and bennett writes beautifully about family and grief and identity and being deeply, unbearably lonely the loneliness of the estranged twins, the self othering loneliness isolating stella from her old life and in her new one, the loneliness of growing up dark in a colorstruck town etc etc i m doing it again so i m gonna shut myself up now because i loved every little bit of this novel and we could be here all day if i don t put a stop to it now The Mothers was good, this one is GOLD.review to come ASAP my SECOND goodreads win of 2020 this is the only good thing in the world right now.come to my blog I m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful come to mind I was constantly reminded of the golden oldie movie Imitation of Life 1959 in regards to the discussions surround race, class, and gender, while also featuring a plot thread where a light skinned Black teenager is living her life passing as white If you are wary of the hype, like I typically am, please know this is one instance where the subs I m not sure I have words for how excellent this book turned out to be, but terms such as breathtaking, poignant, and ultimately hopeful come to mind I was constantly reminded of the golden oldie movie Imitation of Life 1959 in regards to the discussions surround race, class, and gender, while also featuring a plot thread where a light skinned Black teenager is living her life passing as white If you are wary of the hype, like I typically am, please know this is one instance where the substantial amount of praise is fully warranted, and I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that is equal parts educational and entertaining