I have very mixed thoughts on this one. The Vanishing Half has been one of the top books of the year, but it just left me feeling meh. The plot is very striking and during the first few chapters left me very reminiscent of Where the Crawdads Sing. In The Vanishing Half, we have twin sisters Desiree and Stella Vignes who have run away from their small town home at 16 in search of a better life. Mallard the community they grow up in is made up of extremely light skinned black people. Meaning in many situation, unless known otherwise, members of the community could pass as white. When Stella ends up leaving Desiree in New Orleans, we learn that she begins to build a white life for herself. The two begin lead completely different lives until, unknowingly their worlds collide when their daughters (Jude and Kennedy) happen to meet in Los Angeles. I think this book had its winning plotlines, but everything kind of left me hanging and wanting more. I’d be interested in reviews from others, because I know many have loved it. I think how the separation of the twins effected each daughter spoken volumes to the type of women Jude and Kennedy became. I don’t know if this is a top read of 2020 for me, but I’m glad I read it, otherwise I would have always wondered. I will also be attended the online book group on 11/17 for this titles, so I’m excited to hear others thoughts.

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