This Is The Book: The Vanishing Half

Posted on 24th May 2021 by Mark Skinner

How a story of twin sisters living separate lives brought readers together.

The Vanishing Half, our current Fiction Book of the Month, was first published last year as the impact of lockdown hit us all and, over in America, the murder of George Floyd stirred up debate and protest. With the book now available in paperback we hear from Brit Bennett about the impact of that but also what came before it, from her editor about the battle to get her published and from early readers about why this tale of twin sisters living such separate lives has resonated with so many readers.

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Spanning the 1950s to the 1990s and from the Deep South to California, Bennett’s stunning novel follows the journeys of two estranged twin sisters leading very different lives – to the extent of adopting different racial identities.
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