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Hjärtlinjer (2020)

av Brit Bennett

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1,9921106,038 (4.11)126
"The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, 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. Ten 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, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise"--… (mer)
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    Passing av Nella Larsen (bhowell)
    bhowell: Passing by Nella Larsen is classic literature and a look at the same issue early in the 20th century
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In [The Vanishing Half], [[Brit Bennett]] explores what happens when external perceptions clash with internal perceptions. Twin light-skinned sisters who are raised as Black, escape from their small town. One disappears, deciding to "pass" as white and marrying a wealthy white man and having a white daughter. The other twin ends up marrying a dark-skinned man and having a dark-skinned daughter. This daughter meets and falls in love with a transgender man. In all of this, there is so much to think about regarding race and gender and how our preconceived notions and biases affect how we live our lives and interact with others.

I liked that Bennett accomplished all of this without a heavy hand or any "preachiness". I was glad that I had read [[Nella Larsen]]'s book, [Passing], which is an obvious influence on this novel. Overall, I'd say this novel lives up to the hype and I would recommend it. ( )
  japaul22 | May 5, 2021 |
2 sisters who are light skinned blacks. one chooses to live white the other black and what happens to them over their lives. Everyone has a story and something that they are running from or fear. Goes back and forth in time. Good story and kept my attention. Raises issues of racism, segregation and being comfortable in your own skin. ( )
  kheders | Apr 20, 2021 |
Interesting story, but I expected so much more from it. The book did not proceed the way I would have liked it to, and I just didn't connect with any of the characters. I was disappointed. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Apr 19, 2021 |
I loved this book. Brit Bennet writing is meticulous, she builds each character slowly, allowing the reader to understand each nuance of their personalities and motivations. The deep characterization drives the story more than the plot. But the drama of this family caught in society’s perception of race and gender is too real. Twin sisters born in a “colored” family in Louisiana and, while one leaves all behind to live as a white person, the other returns to her hometown and embraces her heritage. Each choice leads to personal tragedies that eventually affects the next generation, their daughters.

It does not give us a big final resolution, but Bennet, writing in beautiful language. gives us a lot to ponder about identity, heritage, the personal price of choices, the isolation of distancing from one’s own cultural group and family, and – of course – the reality of lives shaped by racism. This is the first book of Brit Bennet’s that I read, but it will not be the last.

I should note that I listen to it in audio, and that the narration by Shayna Small suits the story. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 16, 2021 |
Interesting story about two sisters who grow up in a small town in Louisiana in the 1960's. They escape together for a better life and end up going their separate ways. The story also follows their two daughters in the 1980's who meet and ultimately uncover many secrets that the sisters were keeping. The story is about mothers, daughters and love. I enjoyed the characters and the easy story telling. Recommended. ( )
  tinkerbellkk | Apr 15, 2021 |
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The Vanishing Half is the fairy tale we need right now to tell us the truth....

All of these events unfold with the inevitability of a folktale or a fable — which is how The Vanishing Half, with its many folklorish narrative extravagances, reads. This book is not interested in literary realism. It is a fairy tale, and it makes no apologies for being so....But within its fairy-tale structure, The Vanishing Half is able to be ambitious with its characters. ...Reading The Vanishing Half at this moment in time, as America protests against the police killings of black people and the police respond with brutality, feels like reading a parable that is wiser and more beautiful than we deserve. One that is built around all the secrets buried in the rotten core of America’s racial history.

There is deep truth within fairy tales. And with The Vanishing Half, Bennett has written a marvel of one.
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A new novel explores the construct of race in the diverging lives of light-skinned black twins, one of whom transitions into a life as a white woman....Issues of privilege, intergenerational trauma, the randomness and unfairness of it all, are teased apart in all their complexity, within a story that also touches on universal themes of love, identity and belonging.

“The Vanishing Half,” with its clever premise and strongly developed characters, is unputdownable.
 
Race is much on America’s mind now, in all the myriad ways it shapes our lives, whatever color our skin might be. It also lies at the heart of Brit Bennett’s moving and insightful new novel, The Vanishing Half, the story of twin sisters who choose to live their lives as different races, one black, one white....The Vanishing Half is skillfully structured and filled with richly developed characters who defy stereotypes. By turns poignant and funny, it’s a timely look at the dual nature of race — an abstract construct, a visceral reality — and the damage that racism can inflict.
 
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The morning one of the lost twins returned to Mallard, Lou LeBon ran to the diner to break the news, and even now, many years later, everyone remembers the shock of sweaty Lou pushing through the glass doors, chest heaving, neckline darkened with his own effort.
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She had rung the bell, and all her life, the note would hang in the air.
Like leaving, the hardest part of returning was deciding to.
Her death hit in waves. Not a flood, but water lapping steadily at her ankles.

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"The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, 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. Ten 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, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins. As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise"--

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