AIS Alumnae Virtual Book Club
Thursday, November 19
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Many of us love learning through stories, and our books for 2020-2021 will intentionally serve as a springboard for important dialogue around diversity, inclusion, and other topics. We will explore and discuss themes such as youth experience and police brutality, the immigrant experience, racial identity and community, and race and racism. Sharing individual opinions and perspectives about the same piece of literature is a vital component to bringing forth and making this dialogue accessible.
The Vanishing Half, a novel by Brit Bennett, follows the lives of two twin girls, both light-skinned Black girls, who run away from home at the age of 16. Desiree marries a dark-skinned Black man and has a child, while Stella lives her life passing as white. The book tracks their lives across generations, as their lives branch away from each other and yet remain intertwined. It's a story that explores the intricacies of identity, family and race in a provocative but compassionate way.
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