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April 5, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Book cover: "The Vanishing Half," by Brit Bennett
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Melanated Reads: The Vanishing Half

Monday, April 5, 2021

Discuss Brit Bennet’s novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in 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 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.

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, 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?

About the Melanated Reads Book Group
Melanated Reads is a virtual book group for African-American women. Though we welcome anyone to join the group, our purpose and focus is on inspiring, uplifting, and providing a safe space for African-American women to speak, vent and enjoy honest and open conversation. The book club meets monthly and chooses from books written by African-American authors. Our goal for this community-based group is to introduce a variety of African-African American writers who will help build a love of reading in a positive environment while meeting new people and gaining new perspectives.

About Brit Bennett
Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel The Mothers was a New York Times bestseller, and her second novel The Vanishing Half was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and in 2021, she was chosen as one of Time’s Next 100 Influential People. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.

The Menlo Park Melanated Reads Book Group meets the first Monday of each month.