Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half follows the distinct lives of Vignes twins. This saga, which was a major hit internationally, spans the decades between the 1950s and the 1990s but begins in the fictional town of Mallard, Louisiana. Living in a small black community, the twins witness their father’s lynching at a young age and at sixteen run away together—though their lives take two very different directions. Bennett’s coming-of-age novel offers some very human insight into the themes of identity, colourism, and domestic abuse.
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