Book #45 of 2020

Title: The Vanishing Half

Author: Brit Bennett

Thoughts: This is a fairly quick read but one that will stay with you a while. It’s a beautiful story of family and the lies we tell to protect ourselves. I normally don’t love multigenerational books since I find them confusing, but this one is masterfully done and the weaving together of three generations tells such an amazing story. A great read!

Favorite Lines:
“A town always looked different once you’d returned, like a house where all the furniture had shifted three inches. You wouldn’t mistake it for a stranger’s house but you’d keep banging your shins on the table corners.” (p. 15)

“A body could be labeled but a person couldn’t, and the difference between the two depended on that muscle in your chest. That beloved organ, not sentient, not feeling, just pumping along, keeping you alive.” (p. 131)

“At first, passing seemed so simple, she couldn’t understand why her parents hadn’t done it. But she was young then. She hadn’t realized how long it takes to become somebody else, or how lonely it can be living in a world not meant for you.” (p. 169)

“That was the thrill of youth, the idea that you could be anyone. That was what had captured her in the charm shop, all those years ago. Then adulthood came, your choices solidifying, and you realize that everything you are had been set in motion years before.” (p. 227)

“She could tell the truth, she thought, but there was no single truth anymore. She’d lived a life split between two women—each real, each a lie.” (p. 260)

“She’d always felt like the older sister, even though she only was by a matter of minutes. But maybe in those seven minutes they’d first been apart, they’d each lived a lifetime, setting out on their separate paths. Each discovering who she might be.” (p. 322)

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