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Brit Bennett talks to Arifa Akbar

The Vanishing Half

Hay Festival 2021, 

From the author of The Mothers, this follows the parallel lives of estranged twin sisters who choose to live in two contrasting worlds – one black and one white. The Vignes twins are identical but after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age 16, everything is different for them as adults: their families, communities, and 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, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' story lines intersect? Looking beyond issues of race, the book considers the lasting influence of the past on a person's decisions, desires, and expectations. Bennett talks to Arifa Akbar, the author of Consumed: A Sister's Story.

Brit Bennett talks to Arifa Akbar