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Brit Bennett

Author of The Vanishing Half

9+ Works 7,903 Members 340 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. She has won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 show more Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Brit is one of the National Book Foundation's 2016 5 Under 35 honorees. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half (2020) 5,828 copies, 242 reviews
The Mothers (2016) 2,027 copies, 95 reviews
Adventures with Claudie (2023) 10 copies
A Outra Metade (2021) 2 copies
Some People Have Real Problems — Author — 2 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases (2020) — Contributor — 190 copies, 4 reviews
Can We All Be Feminists? (2018) — Contributor — 127 copies, 2 reviews

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Book club read. Very well written story. Enjoyed the read and wanted to stay till the end to find out what happens to the twins. They are raised in a small community of fair skinned blacks. At 16 both run away together, but soon their paths separate. One passes as white, marries @ white husband and has a “ white” child. The other marries a black man, who beats her and leaves her with a vey black child. Eventually the two daughters meet and the lies are revealed.
 
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simbaandjessie | 241 other reviews | Jul 14, 2024 |
This book is literally mostly about an abortion, and although I didn't mind that for about 70% of it, it got too much at the last section. It felt inauthentic, a bit too insistent, like a refrain that has been overplayed. Anyway, otherwise great.
 
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Louisasbookclub | 94 other reviews | Jun 30, 2024 |
I was impressed with The Vanishing Half and it's ability to paint the southern town that starts this tale and the secondary locations with authenticity that brought me into the homes of these two women.

A tale of race but also of class and geography. It tells a story of passing but doesn't ignore those who can't or won't.
 
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joe.basile.5 | 241 other reviews | Jun 27, 2024 |
DNF @ 25%. Reached the "point of no return" zone and it still hasn't really held my attention. Might come back to this someday.
 
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escapinginpaper | 241 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |

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Works
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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