The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett
Join the Book Discussion:
Monday, August 30, 2021
“During a recent vacation, I picked up
The Vanishing Half and started reading. I couldn’t put the book down.” So writes Katara Patton in her review for The Christian Century. The novel is the engrossing story of twin sisters raised in a small town in Louisiana, and follows their divergent pathways. As young adults in search of a fulfilling future, the two part company for a reason that echoes through the generations of their family. Gradations of skin color turn out to have a multitude of implications. From more than one angle, the plot raises questions about appearances and identity.
The Vanishing Half was named a “best book” of 2020 by several news organizations and was on best-seller lists for several months. Brit Bennett grew up in Southern California and a section of the book is set in Los Angeles.
Readers will gather on Monday, August 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room for a conversation guided by April Herron. This will be our first in person book discussion in 18 months! If in person and/or evening discussions do not work for you, please email April@rhumc.org to let her know. She is amenable to considering a Zoom discussion at an alternate time for those unable to gather on the evening of the 30th