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The Vanishing Half: A Novel por Brit Bennett
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The Vanishing Half: A Novel (original 2020; edição 2020)

por Brit Bennett (Autor)

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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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Título:The Vanishing Half: A Novel
Autores:Brit Bennett (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2020), 352 pages
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  Nickelini | Feb 23, 2021 |
Story of two sisters who take two different paths in life. They are both light skinned black women. One of the twins decides to run away and live her life as a white women. She keeps her past secret, until it all comes crashing down around her. ( )
  janismack | Feb 22, 2021 |
The Vanishing Half tells the story of Desiree and Stella Vignes, twin black girls raised in the South in the middle of the last century. Nothing much ever happens in the small, impoverished Louisiana town where they grow up, but the place is notable for its black inhabitants having extremely light skin color. So light, in fact, that some can even pass for being white. After witnessing their father brutally murdered, the sisters escape to New Orleans where their paths eventually diverge. Both marry and have daughters, but otherwise become estranged from one another for many years, mainly because of a dramatic secret that Stella wants to protect. Only when their daughters unexpectedly become acquainted are events set in motion for their mothers to reconnect after many long years apart.

This book explores two themes that I found to be quite compelling. First, the examination of the explicit and implicit biases exhibited by lighter-skin and darker-skin members of the same race was thought provoking and an issue about which I had only a passing familiarity. I definitely learned something from the contrast in the paths taken by the two sisters as well as those of their respective children. Second, I thought that the author’s nuanced portrayal of the dynamics comprising the mother-daughter relationships were also realistic and quite affecting. These passages certainly underscored the ways in which we can hurt the ones we love without intending to or even trying hard to do so.

On the other hand, the novel fell short in some crucial ways. Chiefly, it is paced far slower than it needed to be to tell this particular story. In fact, there is very little of consequence that actually happens in the book, despite the fact that it relates a multi-generational saga told over the span of several decades. Beyond that, there were several important plot points that were either underdeveloped or were left unresolved at the end, which became a significant distraction. For instance, Stella’s husband, who is nothing but supportive in the face of his ignorance about his wife’s true upbringing, simply disappears toward the end of the tale and, apparently, never learns about her past. Thus, The Vanishing Half worked for me more at the level of social commentary than satisfying story-telling. ( )
  browner56 | Feb 15, 2021 |
I was disappointed by this novel, The Vanishing Half. It is beautifully written; Brit Bennett has a wonderful way with words, but the story in the book did not meet my hopes and ultimately, bored me.

Desiree and Stella are identical twin sisters, born and raised in Mallard, Louisiana, where nothing ever happens. When they are sixteen, they run away together to New Orleans, and then they run away from each other. The book documents their separate lives, the lives of their children, and to a lesser extent the lives of their partners, husbands, neighbours.

Just like nothing ever happens in Mallard, Louisiana, I found that nothing really happens in the book. It's just family, falling out and then back in, it's decisions made and lies told and unravelled, and there isn't any big moment that you can hang your hat on or view as the tipping point of the story you're reading.

I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't. ( )
  ahef1963 | Feb 12, 2021 |
Family saga revolving around identical twin sisters, Desiree and Stella, who are inseparable. Together, they run away from their small hometown in the 1950s at 16 to work in New Orleans. After a while, Stella winds up leaving Desiree without a word. There their path diverge and the story continues with how their choices from that point on affect their lives and the lives of their daughters.
I didn't give it 5 stars because there were some issues that I wished were resolved at the end, but weren't. I wanted more, I guess! ( )
  deslivres5 | Feb 7, 2021 |
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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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