I was sent ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett as part of my book subscription from Bert’s Books. I receive a wide variety of genres from this service as part of my fiction subscription.
This book was a lovely story, although I must admit I found it hard to keep track at times, as the character narrating would suddenly change in the middle of a chapter. It took a while to work out who was talking, and I then found I had to re-read parts to make sense of what I had read.
The Vanishing Half follows the lives of twins Stella and Desiree who were born in the Southern Black Community of Mallard. Everyone in this community mostly keeps to themselves and separates from the other local neighbourhoods. They see themselves as ‘different’ to other black communities.
The twin’s runaway at the age of Sixteen and split apart to lead their own lives one bringing up her black daughter and the other pretending successfully to be a white woman.
This book gives an insight into several issues regarding racial backgrounds and fitting into society. Some of the content did shock me, as I only really see much of the racial bias in life through the media.
Overall, I would say this was an interesting and eye-opening book to read, and I would still recommend even though I didn’t find it as enjoyable as over books I have read recently.
💜💜💜 (Out of 5)