June 14, 2024

Read THE VANISHING HALF with Mary Washington Book Club

Mother of All Book

We are beginning the next round of reading in our online literary group–the Mother of All Book Clubs!

Our next selection is The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett. This book is a New York Times bestseller and was on the longlist for the National Book Award.

From Amazon: The Vanishing Half is “a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white.

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age 16, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still…the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?”

Pick up a copy of the book and start reading–we will begin posting discussion questions on Monday, February 22. You might have a small-business bookseller you like to support, or you might want to try your local library system, some of which even offer ebooks. But if you need the book shipped, below are some links to larger online providers.

We look forward to reading with you!

All the best,

The Alumni Relations Team



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  1. Linda Morrell says

    I read a great deal but I am not a “book club” person. I was intrigued by the description of the book The Vanishing Half and proceeded to buy and read it. It was a quick read because it was extremely interesting! The intertwining of plots between the two sisters and their own daughters as well as the symbolism pulled you in. I loved it and was sad when it ended.

    I would like to be notified of the books on your reading list.