The Vanishing Half

In her second novel, Bennett writes like a master, creating rich worlds filled with memorable moments both big and small. 

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Review of ‘The Vanishing Half’

When Desiree Vignes returns to Mallard, Louisiana, in 1968 after running away 14 years earlier, people take note—especially because she’s accompanied by her dark-skinned 8-year-old daughter, Jude. The black citizens of Mallard believe that lighter skin is better, an idea that’s been championed since the town’s founding back in 1848. All these years later, the…

Interview with Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half is a dazzling examination of how history affects personal decisions, and vice versa.

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