I am back with another review of a very popular book which has been mentionned a lot (rightfully so) in the book community.
Title: The Vanishing Half
Author: Brit Bennett
Blurb: 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? (Goodreads)
- Aphrodite: 4 stars
- Athena: features BIPOC,
- Medusa: sexual assault
- Iris: LGBTQ+ character
(To see my new rating system, click here)
It’s always easier to write negative reviews than good ones. It is even harder when a book took your breath away.
The adjective “marvelous” , “poignant” or “fantastic” to not even begin to cover how much I adored this book. The writing style was impeccable. The way Brit Bennett manages to convey the depth of so many secrets, truths, feelings, characters and temporalities into short sentences or simple words is unmatched.
I am in awe of the way that the author tackled so many and I mean so many difficult subjects and turned them into such a heartbreaking and beautiful work of art. From colourism, racism, opportunity, assault, (intersectional) feminism, identity and so many others things.
I really like how this book handled pain and showed how it was so often linked with love. It was a beautiful tale about life and death and it has made me realize how far we have come as a society in terms of “race” and especially the condition of Black people. So much work still has to be done but I still consider myself lucky for the opportunities I am being given as a Black woman in the 21st century.
This book hit close to home many times and I felt physically ill over some passages, but I’m glad she wrote this wonderful and necessary book.