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Couch Surfing Book Tour

Brit Bennett

Warwick’s, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke present
Brit Bennett
in conversation with Liz & Lisa

Couch Surfing Book Tour

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 5:00pm PDT

Couch Surfing Book Tour

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This Virtual Author Event features author Brit Bennett as she discusses her new book, The Vanishing Half. Brit Bennett is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers; a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for the best first book, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award; and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel. This is a free event on Zoom.

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?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, 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.

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525536291
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

The Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017