DPL Book Club: The Vanishing Half

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Registration for this event will close on June 19, 2024 @ 6:30pm.
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June's selection for the DPL Book Club is The Vanishing Half, written by Brit Bennett. In 2020, the book debuted at the #1 spot on the New York Times Fiction Best Seller list and was named one of President Barack Obama's favorite books of the year.

From the publisher

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. Many 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.

Copies of the book will be available at Dormont Library for pickup starting the week of May 20. eBook and audiobook copies are available on Libby.


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