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The Vanishing Half

por Brit Bennett

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"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 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking 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 origins. As 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"--… (mais)
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    Passing por Nella Larsen (bhowell)
    bhowell: Passing by Nella Larsen is classic literature and a look at the same issue early in the 20th century
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This family drama explores identity, secrets, and forgiveness. The Vignes family was irreparably damaged by violence, loss and separation. As the twins embark on a new life, they must shed their past
Stella and her twin Desiree leave their small town without saying goodbye to family or friends. One eventually returns, running from an unhappy past. The other twin starts a new life "passing over". But Stella and Desiree aren't the only ones who have remade themselves, leaving behind an old identity. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
5 stars - this is a GREAT read. For me, this was an eye-opening look into the life of a Black person wanting to be white; (the books terms, black and white). I didn’t know the term “pass” or “pass over” was a term for when that happens - nor did I know that really is a desire of some very light-skinned people of color, or that they do it.

Ms. Bennett writes with amazing clarity, giving life to her characters; I lived them, I understood their plights, both the “white” and the “black” people in the story. She enlightened me with this quick-paced, beautiful story. I didn’t want it to end.

I would highly recommend this book. High praise for Brit Bennett and The Vanishing Half. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
De identieke tweelingzussen Stella en Desiree Vignes, zijn onafscheidelijk in hun jeugd. Stella is rustig en stil, Desiree is degene die altijd het woord voert en geen moment stil kan zitten. Als zij op een dag, als ze 16 zijn, verdwijnen, is het dorp waar ze wonen eerst in rep en roer, maar na verloop van tijd wordt aangenomen dat ze zijn weggelopen. Het dorp Mallard is een gemeenschap met uitsluitend gekleurde inwoners, maar ze willen allemaal zo licht mogelijk zijn. Witte mensen worden uit het dorp geweerd.
Dan, op een dag in 1968, keert Desiree terug met haar erg donkere dochtertje Jude. Dat zorgt voor een hoop speculatie over de vader.

Ondertussen heeft Stella ook een ander leven opgebouwd. Ze heeft een relatie met haar baas, die denkt dat zij een witte vrouw is, zo licht en blond is ze. Trouwt met hem en krijgt een dochter, Kennedy.
Het verhaal volgt deze beide zussen en hun dochters door verschillende periodes heen. Stella, die alle mogelijke leugens moet vertellen om als een witte vrouw door het leven te gaan. Desiree, die een relatie krijgt met Early. Kennedy, die zo graag wil stralen op het toneel, maar wat steeds niet lukt en Jude, die graag dokter wil worden wat in die jaren heel wat moeilijker was dan nu.

Stella en Desiree zien elkaar nooit, maar Jude denkt dat ze haar moeder ergens ziet lopen waar ze niet kan zijn, en gaat op onderzoek uit.

Prima geschreven en prettig te lezen. Ik was wel verbaasd dat er inderdaad dorpen zoals Mallard bestaan in Louisiana bestaan. Hoewel ik me wel kan voorstellen dat zoiets kan ontstaan. En dat er onderling ook zo verschillend naar de tint van iemands huid kan worden gekeken. ( )
  connie53 | Feb 5, 2024 |
The Vanishing Half is a tale of light-skinned, Black twin sisters, Desiree and Stella Vignes, who grew up in rural Mallard, Louisiana -- a village filled with light-skinned Black residents who appear to be as prejudiced against dark-skinned Black people as their white neighbors in surrounding towns. They "would never be accepted as white but refused to be treated like Negroes." The story spans the 1940s to the 1990s, but it is set largely in the mid-1950s and the late 1970s, and the action moves back and forth between time periods to reveal the very different paths the sisters chose for their lives. In 1954, the sisters run away to New Orleans from their stultifying life, where their lives dramatically diverge.

We meet Desiree again fourteen years later when she flees an abusive marriage in Washington, D.C. for her childhood home with her eight-year-old daughter, Jude Winston, who is so dark that Ms. Bennett describes her as "blueblack". She becomes reacquainted with Early, with whom she had a brief romance before her mother ran him off -- "too dark" -- and who is now a bounty hunter who was hired by her husband to find her and their daughter. He eventually throws the husband off the trail and Desiree and Early carry on a mostly long-distance relationship as Jude grows up isolated and shunned by Blacks and whites alike. For years, Early looks for Stella at Desiree's behest, but never finds her.

Stella, on the other hand, disappears and Desiree feels as if she has been ripped in half. We do not encounter again until the late 1960s, when we learn Stella "passed" into the white world. She became involved with her white boss at the department store where she worked, a trust-fund, Yale-educated Bostonian and they eventually marry. She follows him to Philadelphia, Boston, then Los Angeles, where they raise their blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter Kennedy Sanders in an upper-class, white neighborhood. All the while, Stella lives in fear her secret will be revealed and her whole life will come apart. She is not an easy character to like. Perhaps it is her constant vigilance against being exposed that leaves her cold and bigoted. When the neighborhood homeowner's association learns that a Black family has put a bid on a house for sale, she is the most vocal about not wanting Blacks in her community; the family nevertheless moves in. When she discovers Kennedy playing with the newly arrived Black child, she runs across the street and grabs her daughter away “because we don’t play with niggers,” which Kennedy eventually repeats.

Eventually, Jude and Kennedy meet. Jude is attending UCLA on an athletic scholarship and living with a transsexual man, Reese, who has also escaped a stultifying life in Texas where he was raised as Therese. Reese's best friend, Barry, who becomes Bianca on weekends, is in theater. Barry is in a play in a small community theater where the obnoxious Kennedy is cast as the lead, and that is how Jude begins unpeeling Stella's story. Unfortunately, the least formed character was Kennedy; she was a one-dimensional, spoiled rich girl.

While the story remains interesting throughout, the characters are well-drawn, and Ms. Bennett's observations are rich, the coincidences in the story are a little too fantastic and I found the interaction between Jude and Kennedy fell flat. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
An interesting story of the lives of twin girls who grew up in a town of black people who could pass for white. It follows their lives after they run away from this town and begin new lives that will alter their beliefs in differing ways. A good read. Kirkus: Inseparable identical twin sisters ditch home together, and then one decides to vanish.The talented Bennett fuels her fiction with secretsfirst in her lauded debut, The Mothers (2016), and now in the assured and magnetic story of the Vignes sisters, light-skinned women parked on opposite sides of the color line. Desiree, the ?fidgety twin,? and Stella, ?a smart, careful girl,? make their break from stultifying rural Mallard, Louisiana, becoming 16-year-old runaways in 1954 New Orleans. The novel opens 14 years later as Desiree, fleeing a violent marriage in D.C., returns home with a different relative: her 8-year-old daughter, Jude. The gossips are agog: ?In Mallard, nobody married dark....Marrying a dark man and dragging his blueblack child all over town was one step too far.? Desiree's decision seals Jude?s misery in this ?colorstruck? place and propels a new generation of flight: Jude escapes on a track scholarship to UCLA. Tending bar as a side job in Beverly Hills, she catches a glimpse of her mother?s doppelg?nger. Stella, ensconced in White society, is shedding her fur coat. Jude, so Black that strangers routinely stare, is unrecognizable to her aunt. All this is expertly paced, unfurling before the book is half finished; a reader can guess what is coming. Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism. The scene in which Stella adopts her White persona is a tour de force of doubling and confusion. It calls up Toni Morrison?s The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. Bennett's novel plays with its characters' nagging feelings of being incomplete¥for the twins without each other; for Jude?s boyfriend, Reese, who is trans and seeks surgery; for their friend Barry, who performs in drag as Bianca. Bennett keeps all these plot threads thrumming and her social commentary crisp. In the second half, Jude spars with her cousin Kennedy, Stella's daughter, a spoiled actress.Kin ?[find] each other?s lives inscrutable? in this rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
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The Vanishing Half is the fairy tale we need right now to tell us the truth....

All of these events unfold with the inevitability of a folktale or a fable — which is how The Vanishing Half, with its many folklorish narrative extravagances, reads. This book is not interested in literary realism. It is a fairy tale, and it makes no apologies for being so....But within its fairy-tale structure, The Vanishing Half is able to be ambitious with its characters. ...Reading The Vanishing Half at this moment in time, as America protests against the police killings of black people and the police respond with brutality, feels like reading a parable that is wiser and more beautiful than we deserve. One that is built around all the secrets buried in the rotten core of America’s racial history.

There is deep truth within fairy tales. And with The Vanishing Half, Bennett has written a marvel of one.
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A new novel explores the construct of race in the diverging lives of light-skinned black twins, one of whom transitions into a life as a white woman....Issues of privilege, intergenerational trauma, the randomness and unfairness of it all, are teased apart in all their complexity, within a story that also touches on universal themes of love, identity and belonging.

“The Vanishing Half,” with its clever premise and strongly developed characters, is unputdownable.
 
Race is much on America’s mind now, in all the myriad ways it shapes our lives, whatever color our skin might be. It also lies at the heart of Brit Bennett’s moving and insightful new novel, The Vanishing Half, the story of twin sisters who choose to live their lives as different races, one black, one white....The Vanishing Half is skillfully structured and filled with richly developed characters who defy stereotypes. By turns poignant and funny, it’s a timely look at the dual nature of race — an abstract construct, a visceral reality — and the damage that racism can inflict.
 

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"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 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking 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 origins. As 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"--

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