The Vanishing HalfBook - 2020
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Review of The Vanishing Half in Cascadia Weekly (Wednesday, August 26,2020) by WCLS Collection Services Manager, Lisa Gresham. (more)
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Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.
Top Pick! "Centering on two twin light-skinned black girls who grew up in a strange
town in the Jim Crow south, this book explores racism, colorism, sexism, and
familial relationships through the interweaving storylines of vivid and
complicated characters. For fans of Red at the Bone (Woodso... Read More »
WCLSAdults Nov 19, 2020
Centering on two twin light-skinned black girls who grew up in a strange
town in the Jim Crow south, this book explores racism, colorism, sexism,
and familial relationships through the interweaving storylines of vivid and
complicated characters. For fans of Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.
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“Her death hit in waves. Not a flood, but water lapping steadily at her ankles. You could drown in two inches of water. Maybe grief was the same.” - p. 336
“…an assassination is when someone kills you to make a point.
Which was correct enough,…but only if you were an important man. Important men became martyrs, unimportant ones victims. The important men were televised funerals, public days of mourning. Their deaths inspired the creation of art and the destruction of cities. But important men were killed to make the point that they were unimportant—that they were not even men—and the world continued on.” - pp. 178-179
“She hadn't realized how long it takes to become somebody else, or how lonely it can be living in a world not meant for you.” - p.169
“Skin tissue and muscles and nerves, bone and blood. A body could be labeled but a person couldn’t, and the difference between the two depended on that muscle in your chest. That beloved organ, not sentient, not aware, not feeling, just pumping along, keeping you alive.” - p. 131
“In the dark, you could never be too black. In the dark, everyone was the same color.” - p. 107
“As they grew, they no longer seemed like one body split in two, but two bodies poured into one, each pulling it her own way.” - p. 36
“White folks kill you if you want too much, kill you if you want too little.” - p. 35
“A town always looked different once you'd returned, like a house where all the furniture had shifted three inches. You wouldn't mistake it for a stranger's house but you'd keeping banging your shins on the table corners.” - p.15
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