Author: Brit Bennett
Published: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Where I picked up my book: Purchased from my local Indie (Old Firehouse Books)
Key Words: family relations, race issues, identity, LGBTQ+
My Rating: 5 stars (I’d give it more if I could)
I literally could not love this book more if I tried. I opened it up, thought about it every second I was not reading it and still, weeks later, I’m thinking about it on a daily basis. It was one of those books for me for sure.
Here are some of my thoughts:
- Bennett is a genius at weaving together a multi-generational narrative with different locations, POV, time periods and thoughts in a flawless way. When I say flawless, I truly mean flawless.
- Although this took Bennett years to write and it was written before the death of George Floyd (but certainly not before the death of many, many Black people at the hands of white people and police) this book seems absolutely current to what is happening at this moment in history.
- The cultural nuances in terms of race, age, colorism, motherhood, the Black community, matriarchal families, and gender identity was something that I can’t even imagine writing all in one book, but Bennett did it spectacularly.
- This is a book that looks at systemic and internalized racism, brings it to the forefront and allows the reader to sit in it for a minute. In sitting, I learned so much.
- The character development was out of this world-I know these characters now as humans.
- There is queer representation!!!
- I will, for sure, read this book again and I’m typically not a double dipper with my books…or french fries for that matter 😉
P.S. Brit Bennett also wrote The Mothers and although I didn’t love that as much as The Vanishing Half, it’s definitely a fantastic book and one you should also pick up 🙂
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