Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Vanishing Half


 Twins. Certain choices can define how our journey through life plays out. The twins in Brit Bennett’s novel titled, The Vanishing Half, choose different paths, and readers get to enjoy each sister’s life as the consequence of their difference choices. Sometimes we define ourselves, and other times we become identified by others as being a certain way. Sometimes a reinvention of identity can involve an erasure of the past to maintain the integrity of one’s new identity. Bennet explores the lives of identical twin sisters from the 1950s through the 1990s as one sister chooses to be identified as White while her sister allows herself to be identified as Black. Bennet encourages readers to immerse ourselves into these disparate lives, as she demands that we think about racial and gender identity with an open mind.


Rating: Five-star (I love it)

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